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Operation Dragoon: The Allied Invasion of the South of France

By William Breuer

Brand: Presidio Press
Released: 1996-06-01
Paperback (288 pages)

Operation Dragoon: The Allied Invasion of the South of France
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The full dramatic story of the largest operation of its kind in the European War: an Allied seaborne and airborne assault that eventually involved a million troops.

Dragoon, August 15, 1944: The Other Invasion of France

By Paul Gaujac

Brand: Histoire and Collections
Hardcover (196 pages)

Dragoon, August 15, 1944: The Other Invasion of France
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The preparation of the Provence landing in August 1944 was so precise that, against all odds, everything went exactly as scheduled. Therefore, this book emphasizes on the military planning involving all the units and equipments used. The second part of the book deals with the landing operations themselves and the first three days of fighting in Provence, by US troops, up to the arrival of the French 1st Army.

The second largest US landing operation in France has never received such a detailed coverage, both in preparation and in execution. An hour-by-hour account of the fighting by US troops. More than 60 color profiles of aircraft and landing crafts and ships.

Operation Dragoon: The Invasion of the South of France, 15 August 1944 (Naval Staff Histories of the Second World War)

Helion and Company
Released: 2015-12-03
Hardcover (128 pages)

Operation Dragoon: The Invasion of the South of France, 15 August 1944 (Naval Staff Histories of the Second World War)
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The Allied landings that took place in Southern France in August 1944 represented both one of the concluding elements of the wartime Mediterranean campaign and a decisive follow-on to the invasion of Normandy that had taken place two months before. It was viewed by many at the time as something of a sideshow and not a significant part of the wider war effort. Considerable controversy surrounded the planning of what was originally known as ANVIL with the senior Allied political and military leaders heatedly debating the strategic rationale for such an operation. The maritime force of escort carriers, a gun support force, minesweepers, cargo vessels and heavy landing craft was commanded by an American admiral but a third of it was supplied by the Royal Navy. On the day of the landings the British cruiser HMS Argonaut fired the most rounds of any ship in the fleet. An overwhelming superiority in airpower and a lack of a cohesive German response meant that the landings were an overwhelming success. By the third day the Allies held a 50-mile front as much as 30 miles deep, a total of some 500 square miles. At least nine important towns were in Allied hands and spearheads were ten miles from the naval base of Toulon, ten miles from Cannes. Sea borne and airborne troops had met ashore and reinforcements and supplies were being landed in large quantities. As this Naval Staff History highlights even so ""The Champagne Campaign"", as it was later termed by many of those who had been involved, required considerable planning and the contribution provided by the Royal Navy had a significant part to in the final Allied success. With this came the capture of intact French ports and the establishment of a vital logistic hub would help safeguard the Allied drive through northwestern Europe. This is the second volume in Helion’s new series, 'Naval Staff Histories of the Second World War’. The series aims to make available to a broad authorship these indispensable studies of the key operations of the war.

The Riviera at War: World War II on the Côte d'Azur

By George G. Kundahl

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The Riviera at War: World War II on the Côte d Azur
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In this riveting first-time history of World War II in the French Riviera, author and retired US Army General George G. Kundahl combines a military man’s eye for the tactical aspects of the conflict, with a storyteller’s voice for relating the complicated layers of the battles that raged among the many armies that fought in the area during the war, including the French resistance, the Allies, and the Nazis and Italian Fascists.

During World War II, three distinct forces opposed the Allies: Germany, Italy, and Japan. Few areas of the world experienced domination by more than a single one of these, but southeastern France – the region popularly known as the Riviera or Cote d'Azur - was one. Not only did inhabitants suffer through Italian Fascism and German Nazism, but also under a third hardship at times even more oppressive: the rule of Vichy France. Following a nine-month prelude, the reality of World War II burst onto the Riviera in June 1940, when the region had to defend itself against the Italian army. The war ended in April 1945, with a battle against German and Italian forces, meaning the Riviera fought longer than any other part of France.

Kundahl’s extensive work on the book included reviews of press records, military documents, and official reports, as well as archival and library research in Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, California, London, Paris, and throughout the south of France. More than 30 individuals were interviewed, including those with family on the Vichy and Resistance sides, with the author sifting through the complex nature of memory in an occupied country to present an incredible story of little-known battles, resistance tactics, and more anecdotes of the war that will fascinate Francophiles and WWII historians alike. An area of France renowned for its Mediterranean resorts (including Cannes, where the film festival was first promoted in 1939, before the war), the Riviera would become a little-known battlefront that featured years of fighting.

The result is a book that tells for the first time the full story of World War II on the French Riviera, and includes dozens of previously unseen sources and photographs. Essential reading for anyone interested in wartime France and the history of World War II.

British Light Dragoon (Napoleonic Horseman Book 3)

By Griff Hosker

Sword Books Ltd
Released: 2014-02-24
Kindle Edition (402 pages)

British Light Dragoon (Napoleonic Horseman Book 3)
 
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Robbie Matthews is now a captain in the 11th Light Dragoons. Despite the peace he is soon sent to France to spy on Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion plans. Barely escaping with his life he returns to England to discover that not all of the new officers he has to work with accept him. He fights prejudice and envy. When he and his squadron are sent to Hanover to help fight against the invading French he has the chance to show his new comrades what a good cavalryman he is. The novel culminates in the rescue of British Civilians from French prison camps.

Some Side-Lights of Operation Dragoon: Stories by a Paratrooper in the World War II Invasion of Southern France

By John T. Carter

Premiere Press
Paperback (44 pages)

Some Side-Lights of Operation Dragoon: Stories by a Paratrooper in the World War II Invasion of Southern France
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Ride along with John T. Carter, a paratrooper who went into Operation Dragoon on a glider plane, and catch a glimpse of those months through his stories and photos. You'll see the day-to-day reality, the humor, the concern for the girl back home, the hope, and all the thoughts that go through a young soldier's mind.

Infliction (Mech Wars Book 4)

By Scott Bartlett

Mirth Publishing
Released: 2017-10-28
Kindle Edition (185 pages)

Infliction (Mech Wars Book 4)
 
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This star system is burning down.

Seaman Jake Price's "betters" have failed the people of the Steele System, so he's taking matters into his own hands.

Darkstream has tricked the public into believing the Quatro are the enemy, but the company has already sold the system's security to the true enemy: the Progenitors.

Now, Jake is calling on everyone who remembers what it means to fight out of duty instead of money. If they can't stop Darkstream in time, the system will burn, and the inferno will consume everyone in it.

Download Infliction and experience the epic finale of this military thrill ride today.

Defeat and Triumph: The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth

By Stephen Sussna

Brand: Xlibris Corporation
Paperback (740 pages)

Defeat and Triumph: The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth
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Defeat and Triumph tells the story of the still controversial, important, dramatic but little known Allied invasion of the French Riviera on August 15, 1944. This was known as Operation Anvil and later renamed Operation Dragoon.

Notwithstanding the massive opposition of Winston Churchill, his military advisors, and many notable American generals, Dragoon happened. After suffering four years of humiliating and devastating defeat, French men and women were assisted by their American and British Allies and this invasion ensured World War II victory in Europe.

Defeat and Triumph: The Story of a Controversial Allied Invasion and French Rebirth thoroughly analyzes the pros and cons of Dragoon. The book provides a panoramic history of Operation Dragoon and related events in France, Germany, Great Britain, the United States, and the Mediterranean from 1940-1945.

The author is in the unique position of having served on Day of Dragoon as Helmsman of LST 1012 (Landing Ship Tank).The LST 1012 participated in the most dangerous and tragic event of the invasion.

He has gathered and analyzed a treasure trove of previously unpublished American, British, French and German archival materials, diaries, letters, periodical articles, maps and interviews.

Kid Soldier

By Jennifer Maruno

Brand: Dundurn
Paperback (208 pages)

Kid Soldier
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2015 Rocky Mountain Book Award — Shortlisted

A boy is thrown into the middle of history’s biggest war.

Fatherless and penniless, fifteen-year-old Richard Fuller wants a bike, so Mr. Black, the baker hires him to help with deliveries. Mr. Black entertains him with army stories and teaches him Morse code. He invites Richard to attend the opening ceremonies of the local 1939 military camp. Infatuated with army life, Richard takes part in Army training camp under an assumed name. When war looms, he makes the most impulsive decision in his life and enlists.

He travels to England, witnesses the terror of the Battle of Britain, the horrible death of a German pilot, is caught in the London Blitzkrieg, and is wounded himself. When his true age is discovered, Richard faces a possible court-martial.

Will Richard’s desire for adventure lead to disaster so early in his life?

Operation Dragoon: The Invasion of the South of France 1944

Military Library Research Service Ltd
Paperback (96 pages)
 

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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