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The Initial Situation in Southern France

Joachim Ludewig

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Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813140797
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813141305 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813140797.003.0005
The Initial Situation in Southern France

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Chapter 4 discusses the steps taken by the Germans leading up to the invasion in southern France and Hitler’s order for retreat. After the front in Italy broke in May 1944, following the fall of Monte Cassino and as soon as the Anzio bridgehead had been integrated into the Allied lines, the Allies’ discussions about the landings in southern France were again possible. Though an allied invasion seemed imminent, Hitler viewed voluntary withdrawal tantamount to an admission of military weakness and continued to resist the proposals of Rundstedt and Rommel to withdraw from southern and southwestern France. After a successful Allied drop during Operation Dragoon, coupled with the deteriorating situation in Northern France, on August 16, Hitler signed the withdrawal order for the Nineteenth Army.

Keywords: General Blaskowitz; Operation Dragoon; Field Marshal von Rundstedt; Retreat from France; Monte Cassino; Nineteenth Army

Chapter.  14921 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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