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Operation Dragoon in southern France

Today is the right day to post this information. When you travel in southern France in the St. Raphael-Frejus area, you will find some information about Operation Dragoon which took place on August 15, 1944.

This informative plaque is on the viaduct in the town of Antheor:

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It informs about the landing of the 36th Infantry Division on the beach in front of the viaduct:

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Here is a special place, located in Le Dramont, commemorating Operation Dragoon:

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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 United States Seventh Army, followed a day later by a force made up primarily of the French First Army.

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The landing caused the German Army Group G to abandon southern France and to retreat under constant Allied attacks to the Vosges Mountains. Despite being a large and complex military operation with a well-executed amphibious and airborne component, Operation Dragoon is not well known as it was overshadowed by the earlier and larger Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy (D-Day) two months earlier.

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And this is another beach where the operation took place, the island is called l’Île d’Or:

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To end this post, here is another sunset, this time on the beach in Agay, few kilometers away from Le Dramont:

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