Operation Dragoon (Hardback)
The Liberation of Southern France 1944
As featured in the Daily Mail, June 2019: 'The "Second D-Day" allied invasion of the south of France was proclaimed a success but was actually a futile exercise that paved the way for Stalin to take over Eastern Europe, military historian argues'
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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.
Controversy dogged the plan from the start. Fierce disagreement among the senior Allied commanders and politicians - in particular between Churchill, Eisenhower and de Gaulle - threatened to weaken the Anglo-American war effort. In vivid detail
Anthony Tucker-Jones tells the story of the high-level strategic arguments that gave birth to Dragoon, and he looks at the impact of the operation on the direction and duration of the war against Nazi Germany.
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.
Operation Dragoon is one of the lesser known operations in the Mediterranean. It is usually known as the liberation of southern France, but was a disputed operation right from the start. It took place AFTER the D-Day landings in Normandy and many thought it really did little to support the allied advance from Normandy towards the low countries and Germany.Silver Cloud Publishing
This book describes Operation Dragoon, yes, but in fact it describes much more of what went on ahead of it. The arguments, bickering, doubts and discussions between the major powers and characters of that time. In fact the operation was promised to Stalin as a way to take the pressure off his major offensive in the east. But specifically Churchill didn't believe it should be executed. He thought it was taking too many resources away from the allied other goals. Churchill also wanted a much larger presence in the eastern hemisphere.
Alas, that didn't happen and in the end Operation Dragoon was executed, landing allied troops all along the French Riviera coast, where they met little resistance, for various reasons.
Only the second half of the book is in fact describing the actual battles, the first part being almost entirely about the political and military discussions leading up to the operation.
A very interesting account of what happened in that area and WHY things happened as they did.
"The Allied invasion of Southern France, in August 1944, is a subject that is unfamiliar if not unknown to most with only a casual interest in the Second World War, not least because this "other D-Day" was seen as something of an expensive distraction from the main campaigns which were well underway in Normandy and Italy at the time, and whose achievements, in the years since, have generally been derided by a succession of commentators. Anthony Tucker-Jones presents a comprehensive overview of the landings, the aftermath and their impact on the wider campaign, revealing a number of useful successes which made no small contribution to the liberation of France, but which might have been small compensation for the potentially more decisive prizes which could have been won had this force and its vast resources been concentrated elsewhere. He also places very considerable emphasis on the political aspects of this operation, the planning of which caused considerable disharmony between the Allies, and indeed reached a point where an enormously sceptical Winston Churchill threatened to collapse his government. Fascinating reading."Pegasus Archive - Mark Hickman
Oft Misinterpreted and much misunderstood,the allied landings in southern France took place two months after the much better known Normandy landings of D-Day, June 6 ,1944,work Boat World Magazine
The author an enthusiastic re-thinker of conventional military history thinking,has made a very detailed investigation of what really happened in the Mediterranean that Summer.
This book is a very worthwhile contribution to this ongoing controversy.
Oft misinterpreted and much misunderstood, the Allied landings in Southern France took place two months after the much better known Normandy landings of D-Day. The author, an enthusiastic re-thinker of conventional military history thinking, has made a very detailed investigation of what really happened in the Mediterranean that summer.Work Boat World
He shows clearly that Operation Dragoon was not, as is often claimed, a sideshow to the main event in Normandy. After considerable disagreement, Eisenhower, Churchill and de Gaulle proved that the French, British and Americans really could work together effectively. They also managed to co-ordinate well with the French Resistance in this operation.
The result of this amazing co-operation was a major contributor to the eventual Allied victory. This book is a very worthwhile contribution to this ongoing controversy.
Often misinterpreted and much misunderstood, the Allied landings in southern France took place two months after the much better known Normandy landings of D-Day, June 6, 1944.Baird Maritime
The author, an enthusiastic re-thinker of conventional military history thinking, has made a very detailed investigation of what really happened in the Mediterranean that summer.
He shows very clearly that Operation Dragoon was not, as if often claimed, a sideshow to the main event in Normandy. After considerable disagreement, Eisenhower, Churchill and de Gaulle proved that the French, British and Americans really could work together effectively. They also managed to co-ordinate well with the French Resistance in this operation.
The result of this amazing co-operation, supported by a massive logistics exercise, afloat and ashore, was a major contributor to the eventual Allied victory. This book is a very worthwhile contribution to this ongoing controversy.
Anthony Tucker-Jones has produced a well-researched and very readable account of these events, viewed from the political and strategic levels.Tank Journal
Tucker-Jones's work benefits from his decision to place Operation Dragoon in its wider context, which was rather more important than the campaign itself. The result is a book that sheds some valuable light on a relatively neglected campaign.History of War.org
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.
On the day that Roswell K. Doughty graduated from Boston University he also received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army of the United States of America. That, though, was in 1931 and it was not until 1942 that he was called to active duty – to face some of the toughest fighting of the Second World War. With the rank of 1st Lieutenant, Doughty became an Intelligence Officer with the US 36th (Texas) Division. He subsequently saw action in North Africa, then at the disastrous Salerno landings in Italy – where the Allied divisions involved suffered 4,000 casualties – about which the…By Roswell K Doughty, Reiner Decher
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