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15 August 1944, Operation Dragoon began, which was the Allied invasion of Southern France. Western Naval Task Force,  landed the Allied force, commanded Major General Alexander M. Patch, USA, on the front between Toulon and Cannes. The successful capture of the southern French ports, together with the subsequent drive north up the Rhone River valley to Lyon and Dijon provided critical support to the Normandy-based armies finally moving east toward the German border.

15 August 1944, Operation Dragoon began, which was the Allied invasion of Southern France. Western Naval Task Force, landed the Allied force, commanded Major General Alexander M. Patch, USA, on the front between Toulon and Cannes. The successful capture of the southern French ports, together with the subsequent drive north up the Rhone River valley to Lyon and Dijon provided critical support to the Normandy-based armies finally moving east toward the German border.

A British soldier strikes a formal pose with a wrecked Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H. The tank was knocked out while at a road junction by a hit to the final drive. Another A.P. projectile has embedded itself in the driver’s front plate, just next to the radio operator’s position and can be seen sticking out! The tank was subsequently stripped of all useful parts.

A British soldier strikes a formal pose with a wrecked Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.H. The tank was knocked out while at a road junction by a hit to the final drive. Another A.P. projectile has embedded itself in the driver’s front plate, just next to the radio operator’s position and can be seen sticking out! The tank was subsequently stripped of all useful parts.

History of Tanks: Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/jagdpanzer-38t-hetzer.html

History of Tanks: Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/jagdpanzer-38t-hetzer.html

Third Army troops move into Angers, France on the 10th of August, 1944 after a successful attack that netted 2,000 prisoners.

Third Army troops move into Angers, France on the 10th of August, 1944 after a successful attack that netted 2,000 prisoners.

German infantry List crossing an anti tank ditch during the advance through Soviet Russia .Note the company bugler on the left. Hard to imagine, but there were still bugle calls, at least in the opening days of the invasion.

German infantry List crossing an anti tank ditch during the advance through Soviet Russia .Note the company bugler on the left. Hard to imagine, but there were still bugle calls, at least in the opening days of the invasion.

The Greatest Raid of All - Operation Chariot St. Nazaire 27th March 1942 British commando's raided the port of St Nazaire and rammed the dry dock gates with HMS Campbeltown packed with over 4 tons of high explosive which exploded 10 hours later destroying the dock and stopping KMS Tirpiz  From using it. Very few of them returned and 5 VCs were awarded to the bravest of the brave.

The Greatest Raid of All - Operation Chariot - St. Nazaire lock gates and HMS Campbeltown on 27th March 1942

The Greatest Raid of All - Operation Chariot St. Nazaire 27th March 1942 British commando's raided the port of St Nazaire and rammed the dry dock gates with HMS Campbeltown packed with over 4 tons of high explosive which exploded 10 hours later destroying the dock and stopping KMS Tirpiz From using it. Very few of them returned and 5 VCs were awarded to the bravest of the brave.

StuG III Ausf. B of Hauptmann Franke’s 3. Batterie of Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244 roll into central Stalingrad, (possibly in Kurskaya Ulitsa). September 1942. Although the battalion was equipped mostly with long-barrel assault guns, severe shortages of ammunition for this vehicle’s 7.5cm L/43 KwK 40 forced the older short-barrel assault guns to be deployed continually in the street-fighting.

StuG III Ausf. B of Hauptmann Franke’s 3. Batterie of Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 244 roll into central Stalingrad, (possibly in Kurskaya Ulitsa). September 1942. Although the battalion was equipped mostly with long-barrel assault guns, severe shortages of ammunition for this vehicle’s 7.5cm L/43 KwK 40 forced the older short-barrel assault guns to be deployed continually in the street-fighting.

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