The Strategic and Operational Debate Over Operation Anvil: the Allied Invasion of Southern France in August, 1944

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In August, 1944, the Allies embarked on one of the "two supreme operations of 1944," Operation Anvil/Dragoon. It is an operation that almost did not happen. Envisioned as a direct supporting operation of Overlord, Anvil soon ran into troubles. Other operations taking away resources away from Anvil in addition to opposition from the highest levels of Allied command threatened Anvil. This thesis chronicles the evolution of this debate, as well as shed light on one of the most overlooked and successful operations the Allies embarked on in World War II.

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Zinsou, Cameron May 2013.

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In August, 1944, the Allies embarked on one of the "two supreme operations of 1944," Operation Anvil/Dragoon. It is an operation that almost did not happen. Envisioned as a direct supporting operation of Overlord, Anvil soon ran into troubles. Other operations taking away resources away from Anvil in addition to opposition from the highest levels of Allied command threatened Anvil. This thesis chronicles the evolution of this debate, as well as shed light on one of the most overlooked and successful operations the Allies embarked on in World War II.

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Zinsou, Cameron. The Strategic and Operational Debate Over Operation Anvil: the Allied Invasion of Southern France in August, 1944, thesis, May 2013; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc271924/: accessed July 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .