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Operation Dragoon : the liberation of southern France, 1944

Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones
Publisher: Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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, as Anthony Tucker-Jones shows in his new in-depth study, Dragoon and the subsequent Allied advance across  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Tucker-Jones
ISBN: 9781848841406 184884140X
OCLC Number: 427612644
Description: xi, 212 pages [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Pleasing Stalin : the Balkans or Southern France --
De Gaulle : "he is a very dangerous threat to us" --
Churchill and Monty take on Ike --
Ike says 'No' to Churchill --
The second front : Blaskowitz's lost divisions --
Dragoon hots up --
Dragoon : 'irrelevant and unrelated' --
The 'Champaign Campaign' --
De Gaulle stakes his claim : the liberation of Paris --
The Battle of the Belfort Gap --
Lorraine and the southern push to the Rhine --
Churchill and Monty were right --
Annexes : Allied forces committed to Operation Dragoon, 15 August 1944 --
Allied order of battle, 1945 --
German forces in the South of France --
Units lost by Army Group G to the Battle for Normandy --
French unit histories.
Responsibility: Anthony Tucker-Jones.

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"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, as Anthony Tucker-Jones shows in his new in-depth study, Dragoon and the subsequent Allied advance across southern France played a central role in the liberation of Europe, and the operation had far-reaching political and military ramifications ... He also recounts the course of the invasion on the ground - the massive logistical effort required, the landings themselves, the role played by the French resistance, and the bitter battles fought against German rearguards as they sought to retain France's southern cities and cover their withdrawal toward the strategic Belfort Gap"--Publisher's website.

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