Friday Foto – National Airborne Day

August 16, 1940, marks the date of the first official U.S. Army parachute jump at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Although the US lagged behind other nations in the development and deployment of Airborne Forces, US airborne units went on to fight valiantly on every front in WWII, and were critical to the Allies success. Today, airborne […]

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Operation Dragoon 75

Today, 75 years ago:  August 15, 1944. U.S. paratroopers from the 517th PIR patrol a road after landing in Southern France during Operation Dragoon. Operation Dragoon (initially Operation Anvil) was the code name for the Allied invasion of Southern France on 15 August 1944. The operation was initially planned to be executed in conjunction with Operation […]

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Operation Dragoon 75th Anniversary

This week marks the 75th anniversary of  Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of Provence, on August 15, 1944 – just two months after the famous Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6. The invasion involved 400,000 troops from the US, France (including from former colonies), Britain, and Canada. The assault was launched at 7.15 p.m. on […]

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Friday Foto

A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Group flies in a formation in support of the 75th anniversary commemoration of D-Day over France, June 5, 2019.   U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Nuñez […]

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New CANSOFCOM Dress Uniform Seen During D-Day Commemorations – D-Day 75

Canada and the United States not only share the longest unfortified border in the world, but military relations between the countries are longstanding, well-entrenched and extensive as well. The closeness of the partnership also provides both countries with greater security than could be achieved individually. During the Second World War the two countries even formed […]

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Female Special Operations Agents Who Helped Make D-Day Succeed – D-Day 75

Among the 39 female agents who served in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during WWII, these three deserve special mention. In a recent article for “Business Insider”, author Sarah Rose provides an extract from her new book, “D-Day Girls: THE SPIES WHO ARMED THE RESISTANCE, SABOTAGED THE NAZIS, AND HELPED WIN WORLD WAR II.” https://www.businessinsider.com/3-wwii-female-spies-who-made-d-day-a-victory-2019-5   […]

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