France's Forgotten D-Day

  • 2014

France's Forgotten D-Day

Author:
Bruce Malone
Abstract:

The United States Seventh Army's invasion of the coast of southern France on 15 August 1944 is one of the least celebrated Allied combat operations of the Second World War. In the end, Operation Dragoon/Anvil proved to be one of the most important Allied campaigns, yet it remains one of the most controversial Allied strategic decisions.

Despite contentious disagreements between American and British strategic planners and frustrations in joint planning and combined operations, Operation Anvil/Dragoon was a stunning success. Contrary to the predictions of many Allied leaders, especially British, this operation had no negative effect on the Italian Campaign, it increased Allied logistical capabilities, and it severely degraded the German Army Group G, altering the course of the war for the Allies in northwestern Europe during the Second World War.