Events for Wednesday 15th August 2012


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WWII: Start of Operation Dragoon

15th August 1944

Operation Dragoon was the Allied invasion of southern France on August 15, 1944, during World War II. The successfull invasion was initiated via a parachute drop by the 1st Airborne Task Force, followed by an amphibious assault by elements of the U.S. Seventh Army, followed a day later by a force made up primarily of the French First Army.

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Operation Dragoon
(Hardback - 224 pages)
by Anthony Tucker-Jones

Operation Dragoon, the Allied landings in the south of France in August 1944, is seen as a sideshow supporting Operation Overlord, the crucial D-Day landings in Normandy. Often the operation is criticized as an expensive diversion of men and equipment from the struggle against the German armies in Italy. Yet,… Read more...

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