Operation Dragoon: The Allied Liberation of the South of France: 1944

Operation Dragoon: The Allied Liberation of the South of France: 1944

by Robin Cross


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A dramatic and expertly rendered narrative of the Allied liberation of the South of France during Operation Dragoon in 1944.

Operation Dragoon is the story of the Allied invasion of the South of France on August 15, 1944. It was, in effect, the second D-Day, launched two months after “Overlord,” the Allied invasion of Normandy. As such, it has often been overshadowed by its predecessor, but it significance cannot be underestimated.

“Dragoon” was a largely American-French operation in which the British, who had argued for action in northern Italy, played a smaller role. After nearly five years of conflict, British war stamina had been severely sapped. In contrast, the French, who had been excluded from the overall planning of D-Day, played an important role in Dragoon, supplying the majority of the ground troops in a campaign which began on the beaches of the Riviera and ended in the cool, clear air of the Alpes Maritimes, the sacred ground of France.

Operation Dragoon provides for the first time a complete overview of the liberation of the South of France—from strategic decisions made from the Allied and German high commands to the intelligence war waged by Allied code-breakers; from the German defeat of French resistance forces on the Vergers to the exploits of individual OSS agents on the ground as they strove to keep pace with a fast-moving battlefield. This is the story of the Allies inflicting on the Germany Army a Blitzkrieg-style defeat, expunging the lingering memories of the catastrophe of 1940.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681778600
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 481,432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Robin Cross has written over thirty books, including The Bombers: Strategy and Tactics in the 20th Century (Bantam) and the #1 Sunday Times bestseller We’ll Meet Again. With his wife, novelist and historian Rosalind Miles, he co-wrote Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War From Antiquity to Iraq (Three Rivers, 2008). He has worked for the British Ministry of Defense and has also written over 150 television documentaries for the BBC. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Maps vii

Introduction xv

1 Lost Victories 1

2 The Stranded Whale 27

3 The Tug of War 42

4 From Anvil to Dragoon 53

5 The Other Side of the Hill 70

6 Ready to Roll 89

7 Planning the Landings 105

8 Chess Game of the Gods 120

9 Le Muy Follies 133

10 The Islands 153

11 The Assault 160

12 Bursting Out of the Bridgehead 185

13 Montélimar: The Eye of the Needle 198

14 Pastis in Marseille 225

15 The Drive to Dijon 240

16 The Champagne Campaign 257

Appendix 269

Selected Bibliography 273

Endnotes 276

Index 279

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