Operation Dragoon 1944

France’s other D-Day

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Operation Dragoon 1944

France’s other D-Day

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Osprey's study of Operation Dragoon, the Allied landings in southern France on August 15, 1944, which was one of the most controversial operations of World War II (1939-1945), leading to deep divides between United States and British planners. The US objective was to threaten the rear of the German armies occupying France by a landing on the eastern French coast and to push rapidly northward towards Lorraine to meet up with Allied forces bursting out of Normandy.

Dragoon was a complex operation very similar to the Normandy landings, complete with a US and British airborne assault followed by a naval assault landing. The landings led to a precipitous German retreat from France, authorized by Hitler himself. In September 1944, the US Seventh Army and French First Army reached Lorraine, sealing off any remaining German troops and completing the liberation of the majority of French territory.

Popular Osprey author Steve Zaloga tells the story of this operation, from the derisive debates between the Allied commanders to the men who hit the beaches and charged ashore to help liberate occupied France.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing armies /Orders of battle /Opposing plans /The campaign /Aftermath /The battlefields today /Further reading /Index

Product details

Published Jun 23 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846033674
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 36 b/w; 50 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 210
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…

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John White

John White was born in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, i…

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