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Invasion of Southern France- commanders (Allied and Axis)​, goals of the battle​, outcome, Who won, causualties​, were the goals achieved why/why not​other interesting information about the battle​


​ Allied Commanders: - General Alexander Patch (US) - General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (France) - Admiral Henry Hewitt (US) Axis Commanders: - Field Marshal Albert Kesselring (Germany) - General Johannes Blaskowitz (Germany) Goals of the battle: - The Allied goal was to establish a foothold in southern France, also known as Operation Dragoon, and to cut off German forces from retreating or reinforcing their troops in northern France. - The Axis goal was to defend southern France and prevent the Allies from gaining a foothold. Outcome: - The Allies successfully landed in southern France on August 15, 1944, with minimal opposition. They quickly advanced inland and within a week, the cities of Toulon and Marseille were liberated. By the end of the month, the Allies had advanced deep into southern France and linked up with the troops from the Normandy landings. - The Axis forces, caught off guard by the surprise invasion, were unable to mount a significant defense and were eventually forced to retreat towards the Rhine River. - The Allies were victorious in the battle and gained control of southern France, helping to secure their position in western Europe. Casualties: - The Allied casualties included approximately 20,000 soldiers, while the Axis forces suffered around 7,000 deaths and 7,000 captured. Were the goals achieved: - The Allied goals were achieved as they were able to establish a foothold in southern France and disrupt German operations in the region. - The Axis goals were not achieved as they were unable to defend southern France and were forced to retreat. Other interesting information: - Operation Dragoon was one of the largest amphibious operations of World War II, with approximately 100,000 troops landing on the beaches of southern France. - The French Resistance played a significant role in the success of the invasion, providing valuable intelligence and sabotaging German defenses. - The invasion also marked the first time that French and American troops fought side by side during the war. - Despite the success of the Allied invasion, it did not receive as much attention as the concurrent Battle of Normandy, which may have contributed to its relative obscurity in history.