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  Operation Dragoon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Operation Dragoon was the Allied invasion of southern France, on 15 August 1944, as part of World War II.
The balance was tipped in favour of Dragoon by two events: the eventual fall of Rome in early June, plus the success of Operation Cobra, the breakout from the Normandy pocket, at the end of the month.
The rapid Allied advance after Operation Cobra and Dragoon slowed almost to a halt in September 1944 due to a critical lack of supplies, as thousands of tons of supplies were shunted to NW France to compensate for the inadequacies of port facilities and land transport in northern Europe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Operation_Dragoon   (1007 words)

An operation on the coast of southern France was first envisaged at the 11th August 1942 Quebec conference.
This proposed operation had to be coordinated with the main landing in the north of France, planned for the spring of 1944, and had to enable the destruction of German forces between the northern "Hammer" and southern "Anvil", as the two operations were code named.
After the success of Operation Dragoon the 1st ABTF was assigned to liberate Cannes and Nice, then to secure strategic mountain top positions in the Maritime Alps along the Franco-Italian border.
www.wwiiadt.com /Airborne_history/Dragoon.htm   (2766 words)

 glider.htm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Operation Dragoon Charles Doyle, of the 509, describes the 509's actions during the first day of the Invasion of Southern France.
Operation Market Garden - Glen Derber, of the 501 PIR, captures the experiences of an airborne machine gunner fighting in Holland through an extraordinary diary that he was able to maintain during the war.
The squadron was tasked in Operation VARSITY, the crossing of the Rhine and invasion of Wesel, Germany.
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 The U.S. Airborne during WW II - Attached Units - The First Airborne Task Force
After the initial success of the operation the battalion continued fighting in the Maritime Alps as mountain troops.They continued fighting until November, 1944 when the the 1st Airborne Task force was disbanded and the battalion was moved to Aldbourne, England.
Operation Dragoon, the invasion of Southern France, was the battalion's first combat assignment as part of the 1st Airborne Task Force along with the 517th Regimental Combat Team, the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion and the 550th Infantry Airborne Battalion.
Operation Dragoon: The Allied Invasion of the South of France.
www.ww2-airborne.us /18corps/other_overview.html   (1959 words)

 Operation Dragoon - invasion of southern France
Operation Dragoon was the Allied invasion of Southern France between Toulon and Cannes on 15th August 1944.
The operation was originally, and for most of the planning stage, known as "Anvil".
I was aboard during the southern France operation.
www.internet-esq.com /ussaugusta/dragoon.htm   (258 words)

 OPERATION DRAGOON   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Final approval for DRAGOON came on 11 August 1944, and the landings took place 15 August, between Toulon and Cannes on the French Riviera, preceeded by a parachute drop inland, behind the German lines, and commando raids.
Churchill always believed Operation DRAGOON was a blunder that shifted the Allied focus away from the Mediterranean, thereby setting the stage for Soviet post-war domination of Eastern Europe.
Operation Dragoon : The Allied Invasion of the South of France
www.olive-drab.com /od_history_ww2_ops_battles_1944dragoon.php   (815 words)

 Operation Anvil/Dragoon
Operation Anvil was planned as a supporting action for Operation Overlord, the Allied attack on Normandy.
Operation Torch, the Anglo-American landings against French North Africa in November 1942, was followed by Husky, the assault against Sicily in early July 1943, and the invasion of southern Italy in September.
The operation would consist of the U.S. VI Corps under Maj. General Lucian Truscott with the U.S. Third, 36th, and 45th Infantry divisions, commanded respectively by Maj. Generals John W. "Iron Mike" O'Daniel, John E. Dahlquist, and William W. Eagles.
www.u-s-history.com /pages/h1772.html   (1370 words)

 HMS Royalist
In August 1944 the ROYALIST took part in Operation "Dragoon" the Allied landing in Southern France, as the flagship of Task Force 88, the Escort Carrier Force under the command of Rear-Admiral T H Troubridge, after which she proceeded with the same force to operate in the Aegean.
On 9 September she was one of the ships covering Operation "Zipper", the occupation of western Malaya, and on 12 September was present at the ceremony marking the Japanese surrender of Singapore.
The ROYALIST continued to operate with the East Indies Fleet (5th Cruiser Squadron) until the beginning of December, leaving Trincomalee on 12 September for the United Kingdom, and arriving at the end of January 1946 where she was reduced to Reserve.
freespace.virgin.net /john.elkin/hms_royalist.htm   (658 words)

 Wendell Fountain in WW2
Operation HUSKY was the largest landing prior to the Nomandy Invasion.
However, the defense of the invasion at Salerno was so intense at one point that the general in charge, General Mark Clark, had to arm as infantry two artillery battalions, the regimental band, all the HQ orderlies, and the cooks in order to avoid getting surrounded by the Germans at the Battle of Ponte Bruciato.
Originally, this operation was called ANVIL but the name was changed because it was believed the German’s had discovered the significance of the code word.
www.kormanworld.net /family/wendell_military.html   (2191 words)

 OPERATION ANVIL (picture) (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
This proposed operation had to be coordinated with the main landing in the north of
Army and proclaimed that Anvil would be the second priority of all the operations envisaged by the United States.
The final operational plan (see map at left), allowing for the reality of limited seaborne transport capacity, foresaw the engagement of three divisions in the first wave.
www.multimanpublishing.com.cob-web.org:8888 /pp/anvil/anvil.html   (2737 words)

 Timeline   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
It was estimated to have in southern France the puny total of 200 operational aircraft, of which 130 were bombers designed for antishipping attacks.
During early construction operations the employable aviation engineer units varied from a minimum of half a battalion to two and one-half battalions at a maximum.
German bombing operations were attempted at dusk on the 15th through the 19th by small forces of Ju-88's against both shipping and ground targets, with inconspicuous results, although German reconnaissance undoubtedly had been successful in spotting the invasion convoys in Ajaccio harbor on the morning of the 12th.
home.comcast.net /~phbrowne/accounts/operation_dragoon_usaaf.htm   (4649 words)

 North Apennines
The intense combat operations of the summer were not destined to continue into the fall.
Operation OLIVE commenced on 25 August 1944 as the British 5 Corps and Canadian 1 Corps attacked through two Polish divisions on a seventeen-mile-wide front along the Adriatic.
The third limited attack, Operation ENCORE, was the result of a change in Allied operational strategy that eliminated the heavily fortified city of Bologna as a spring objective and, instead, focused on securing exits from the northern Apennines directly into the Po Valley itself.
www.army.mil /cmh-pg/brochures/nap/72-34.htm   (7528 words)

 Operation Dragoon (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
During World War 2, Operation Dragoon (Allies, 1944) was the invasion of southern France between Toulon and Cannes executed on 15 August, 1944.
At first it was subordinate to the Mediterranean theatre of operations, but it was eventually handed off to SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces) under U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Operation Dragoon included a glider landing (Operation Dove) and a deception (Operation Span).
operation-dragoon.iqnaut.net.cob-web.org:8888   (316 words)

 Worldandnation: Veterans recall 'other' D-day
Operation Dragoon, and the D-day landings in Normandy 70 days earlier, caught France's German occupiers in a pincer.
La Motte, the first village liberated in Operation Dragoon, will host a ceremony today at which nine British veterans will be decorated with the Legion of Honor, France's most prestigious decoration.
Operation Dragoon was to have coincided with D-day but there were no landing craft to spare.
www.sptimes.com /2004/08/14/Worldandnation/Veterans_recall__othe.shtml   (682 words)

 Amazon.com: Operation Dragoon: The Allied Invasion of the South of France: Books: William Breuer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
William B. Breuer's "Operation Dragoon: The Allied Invasion of the South of France" is an easy to read tale of the first days of the oft maligned ANVIL/DRAGOON combined airborne-amphibious invasion of the Cote d'Azur.
The big picture provided by Breuer of Operation Dragoon is not particularly new, having been drawn largely from a handful of previously published books.
The aforemention caveats aside, "Operation Dragoon" is a solid read, containing ample information, worthy of a read by those interested in an interesting portion of the fight for Fortress Europa in 1944.
www.amazon.com /Operation-Dragoon-Allied-Invasion-France/dp/0891416013   (1053 words)

 Headquarters and Headquarters Company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The unit began its proud history operating the military port in San Francisco, California, which served as the departure port for almost all of the men and equipment sent to the Pacific theater during World War II.
In August of 1944, a special group of 10th Port soldiers were organized to support Operation Dragoon, the Invasion of Southern France.
Performing both terminal operations and terminal service missions, the unit conducted non-stop harbor and port security operations, moved over 4,000 barges, conducted over 1,000 local and line haul watercraft missions and produced over 4 million gallons of fresh water.
www.eustis.army.mil /7grp/10bn/web/hhc/bn10hhc.html   (618 words)

 The Normandy Campaign: Operation Cobra
Operation Cobra was the code name given to the attack launched as part of the Normandy Invasion, an attempt by the allies to overtake German troops in France.
The beginning aerial bombardment turned out to be a successful tactic: Bradley had weakened the German front to the point where they could not possibly bring attack upon the American troops, all they could do is try to hold on to the land that was quickly slipping through their fingers.
Operation Cobra had proven to be successful, and had provided the Allies with the means to finally overcome German troops in France.
cghs.dade.k12.fl.us /normandy/cobra_falaise/cobra.htm   (1586 words)

 U.S. Seventh Army - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Most of Sicily was liberated by American forces, and Patton's men beat those of Montgomery to capturing the town of Messina, the nearest point on Sicily to the mainland of Italy.
Its next action was the invasion of the south of France, codenamed Operation Dragoon, on 15 August 1944.
Dragoon was a contentious operation, because its launching severely weakened the American forces fighting in Italy, thus limiting their offensive capabilities in the final stages of that campaign.
www.higiena-system.com /wiki/link-USAREUR   (1049 words)

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The huge allied air and seaborne operation in the cross-channel invasion of Normandy, designated Operation Overlord, was conceived at the Casablanca Conference in 1943 to relieve pressure on the Russian front and reclaim the European democracies.
By August, there were 30,000 Resistance fighters operating under US direction on a large scale in Brittany, liberating a number of towns on their own initiative.
Operations Overlord, Cobra and Dragoon would justify allied confidence in their ultimate triumph over the Axis powers.
www.angelfire.com /wa2/FJ6/French2nd.html   (2562 words)

 OPERATION MARKET-GARDEN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Two huge invasions -- Operation OVERLORD, the D-Day landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944, and Operation DRAGOON, landings in southern France in August 1944 -- brought the Allied armies into Western Europe to directly confront German military power.
Montgomery's 21 Army Group, along with part of the U.S. 12th Army Group and the First Allied Airborne Army, was to establish a Rhine crossing, outflank the Siegfried Line, and clear the approaches to Antwerp, opening that port to ease the tight Allied logistics bind before winter set in.
Operation MARKET was an airborne assault against the Dutch towns of Eindhoven, Nijmegen, and Arnhem.
www.olive-drab.com /od_history_ww2_ops_battles_1944marketgarden.php   (1489 words)

 BBC - WW2 People's War - French Riviera Landings - A1143370
Operation Anvil, which was renamed Operation Dragoon in July 1944, was the liberation of south east France by US, Free French and British troops.
Planned to complement the Normandy landings, the operation was repeatedly deferred due to British fears that it would sap the campaign in Italy.
Like Operation Neptune (the Normandy landings), Dragoon profited from the element of surprise and from local assistance - several villages in the south were liberated by the French Resistance.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/ww2/A1143370   (533 words)

 A15 Crypto-Facist Counter Demonstration : Pittsburgh Indymedia
In true overdramatic co-ed fashion they have assigned the code name "Operation Dragoon" to their silly attempt to get their pictures on the protestwarrior.com website.
Operation Dragoon was a joint US/English and most ironically for these O'Reilly Youth, French amphibious operation which took place on 8/15/44.
This unofficial counter-movement is entitled Operation Dragoon in honor of the WWII operation that took place 60 years prior.
pittsburgh.indymedia.org /news/2004/08/15264_comment.php   (1187 words)

 Embassy of France in the US - World War II
By September 3rd, Lyons had been liberated and on the 12th, the Allied forces from Operation Overlord and Operation "Anvil Dragoon " (The code name for the landing in Provence) met in Montbard, near Dijon in Burgundy.
Operation "Autumn Fog," conceived by Adolf Hitler himself, began on December 16.
The operation was risky but a fearless General Patton successfully moved the IIIrd Army to the northeast and launched a rescue mission to Mac Auliffe's 101st Airborn which was defending Bastogne.
www.info-france-usa.org /franceus/history/histo5.asp   (1374 words)

 Soldiers are honored by France for their role in 'the other D-Day' | The San Diego Union-Tribune
The operation came 10 weeks after the bigger, bloodier Normandy invasion of June 6, 1944, and pushed German troops into a closing Allied pincer movement.
Paratroopers were honored at an earlier ceremony north of St. Tropez, at La Motte – the first town liberated by Operation Dragoon.
Michael Compton, an 83-year-old veteran paratrooper from Epping, England, among the nine given the Legion of Honor, was humble.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20040815/news_1n15dday.html   (532 words)

 Rhineland Campaign
DRAGOON occurred after a struggle with Winston Churchill, the British prime minister, and the British Chiefs of Staff who had steadfastly opposed an invasion of southern France.
Four days later DRAGOON forces—heretofore under the control of British General Henry M. Wilson, the Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean Theater—were reorganized into the 6th Army Group, under the command of Lt. Gen.
The tough going of Allied operations from September-December clearly showed that the Germans had recovered from their defeats of the past summer.
www.45thdivision.org /CampaignsBattles/rhineland.htm   (10029 words)

 South, France, Landings, Anvil, Dragoon, Cunningham, RN, invasion
This is the unsuccessful Anglo-Free French attempt to occupy this strategic port.
Originally code-named 'Anvil', the South of France invasion was planned to coincide with the Normandy landings.
Since that decision was made, Britain pushed for the Allies to concentrate on the Italian campaign, but under US pressure agreed to go ahead with the now re-named Operation 'Dragoon' using forces withdrawn from US Fifth Army in Italy.
www.naval-history.net /WW2CampaignsSFrance.htm   (598 words)

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