Today marks the 75th anniversary of ‘Operation Dragoon’, when the French military staged its own alternative D-Day landing in Provence.
The landings took place on 15 August 1944, two months after the D-Day invasion in Normandy.
A total of 2,000 ships and 450,000 soldiers were involved in the amphibious assault on the beaches of the Mediterranean – 250,000 of them French fighters, setting foot on home soil for the first time in four years.
Operation Dragoon is regarded to have accelerated the German retreat.
While D-Day itself involved hardly any French troops, Dragoon was planned by General Charles De Gaulle and led to the liberation of Provence in less than two weeks.