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Old 24-05-2014, 02:57 PM   #56
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Operation Dragoon was the Allied invasion of southern France on 15 August 1944, during World War II.. The 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.. The landing caused the German Army Group G to abandon southern France and to retreat under constant Allied attacks to the Vosges Mountains..During planning stages, the operation was known as "Anvil", to complement Operation Sledgehammer, at that time the code name for the invasion of Normandy. Subsequently, both plans were renamed, Sledgehammer becoming Operation Overlord, and Anvil becoming Operation Dragoon. An apocryphal story holds that the name was chosen by the British prime minister, Winston Churchill, who was opposed to the plan and claimed to having been "dragooned" into accepting it.. Other accounts attest that the operation was named after Draguignan, a city near the invasion site..The Western Naval Task Force was formed under the command of Vice Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt to carry the U.S. 6th Army Group, also known as the Southern Group and as Dragoon Force, and created to carry out the Operation under the command of Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers..6th Army Group was formed in Corsica and activated on 1 August 1944 to consolidate the French and American forces slated to invade southern France. Admiral Hewitt's naval support for the operation included USS Nevada, USS Texas, USS Arkansas, HMS Ramillies, and French battleship Lorraine with 20 cruisers for gunfire support and naval aircraft from nine escort carriers assembled as Task Force 88...

On 22 August, the first units of the 36th Division arrived, reinforcing Taskforce Butler.. However, the Allied troops were still short of supplies and lacked enough men to directly attack the German escape route. During the next days, more men and supplies would trickle in for the Allies. At the same time, the US 45th Division took over positions at Grenoble, leaving the 36th Division free to fully commit its forces at Montélimar. Meanwhile, the Germans also struggled to bring the 11th Panzer Division through the chaos of the evacuation into position at Montélimar.. By 24 August a substantial amount of the 11th Panzer Division had finally reached the battle area..On 23 August, Taskforce Butler was officially dissolved and its units were taken over by John E. Dahlquist, commander of the 36th Infantry Division. For the rest of the day small skirmishes occurred between Nazi and Allied forces.. On 24 August Dahlquist tried to launch an attack against Montélimar, which failed. The German counter-attack was able to make some ground against the hills occupied by the Allies. After the battle the Germans captured a copy of Dahlquist’s operational plans, giving them a better picture of the Allied forces. As result, a large attack was planned by Wiese for the 25 August with the 11th Panzer as well as the 198th Infantry Division together with some more ad hoc Luftwaffe battlegroups. This attack however was also a big failure. The Allies struck back, retook the hills and were able to establish a temporary roadblock on the German escape route. This Allied success also did not last long, as another ad hoc attack led by Wietersheim reopened the passage at midnight....

Draguignan is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in southeastern France..It is a sub-prefecture of the department and self-proclaimed "capital of Artillery" and "Porte du Verdon"..The city is only 42 km (26 mi) from St. Tropez, and 80 km (50 mi) from Nice..The Latin motto of Draguignan is Alios nutrio, meos devoro (I feed others, I devour my children)..The elevation is 200m. The highest hill near Draguignan is Malmont (551m). The main river near Draguignan is the Nartuby..The city is set in a valley NW-SE, about 2 km (1 mi) wide...Major attractionsThe Dolmen Pierre de la fée (fairy's Stone), also known as the fruit rock..Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial..Eglise Notre-Dame du Peuple..Karl "Psycho" Amoussou... these look like the breasts of a 400 year old woman..We could've piled up a hundred years of great policemen and great detectives: men with honour and brains and guts. You tore down every best part of them. The people who read it in the papers, they're gonna overlook the fact that WE got you; that we washed our own laundry and we cleared this thing up. They're gonna overlook all the good. They'll overlook every last good cop in the country...

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