BATTLE SUMMARY NO. 43 : INVASION OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. OPERATION "DRAGOON", 15TH AUGUST, 1944.

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Tactical & Staff Duties Division, Historical Section Naval Staff, Admiralty, 1st.ed., 1950. X + 86 pp., 4 plans (all fldg., 3 partly cold.) Qtr. light blue cloth ; matching boards ; black lettering. Marked "RESTRICTED". 24 x 15cm. Contemporary number labels on spine & front board ; extremities worn but the book is clean, tight, sound & o/w V.G. Operation "Dragoon", often known as 'France's other D-Day', was the code name for the Allied invasion of Southern France in August 1944. Its main objective was to seize and liberate the all-important French Mediterranean ports, as those in Normandy had quickly become congested after D-Day. The Allies were met by scattered units of the German army, but assisted by the French Resistance. The Nazi forces were too weak to resist the onslaught and were quickly routed and defeated. Marseille and Toulon were re-captured and swiftly put into Allied operation. Meanwhile the Germans withdrew from Southern France, committing hideous war crimes en route, while pursued by the Allies close on their heels. Although German losses were heavy, many enemy units escaped, but the operation was a great Allied success and achieved in only four weeks, and Vichy France was dismantled. This is the official Admiralty post-war account of "Dragoon". It describes in detail the planning and preparation for the invasion, the assault itself, and follow-up operations. Appendices list ships and convoys engaged. The four folding plans show the assault area, operations against Marseilles and Toulon, the convoy routes, and the advance of the Seventh Army. Ships engaged included American, British, French, and Greek warships and merchantmen ; Polish, Dutch, Norwegian, Belgian and Italian merchant vessels. RARE.


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