The Battle of France - 1944

Battle of France
from Time, 1944 - big
tanks as flamethrowers,
from ILN 1944/09/02

Battle of France began after Falaise Gap closed

Aug. 15 - Kluge's staff car straffed

Aug. 15 - DRAGOON replaced ANVIL

Aug. 19 - Patton reached the Seine at Mantes

Aug. 23 - French 2nd Armored Division first to enter Paris

Aug. 25 - Liberation of Paris - DeGaulle arrived

American troops in tank passing the Arc de Triomphe after the liberation of Paris, from Patch-NA
American troops of the 28th Infantry Div. march down the Champs Elysees, Paris, in the "Victory Parade," August 29
General Charles de Gaulle speaks to the people of Cherbourg from the balcony of the City Hall during his visit to the French port city on August 20

C-47 transport plane
from LC
Corridors into Germany
from Time, 1944/09/11 - big

Aug. 31 - Patton ran out of gas at the Meuse river

Sept. 1 - Eisenhower plan to advance on a broad front

Sept. 3 - British entered Brussels

Sept. 3 - Collins' 7th Corps of the 1st Army took Mons

Sept. 4 - Monty took Antwerp, but not Scheldt estuary

Lowland Flank
from Time, 1944/09 - big
liberation of Brussels, from ILN 1944/09/16
captured Germans in Antwerp - 10 yr old boy and his major, from ILN 1944/09/16

Sept. 5 - Patton began Lorraine offensive

Sept. 17-25 - Monty's Operation MARKET GARDEN to seize Holland bridges and Rhine bridgehead at Arnhem using 82nd and 101st U.S. Airborne now integrated into the Allied First Airborne Army under Lt. Gen. Louis Brereton and his deputy Lt. Gen. Frederick 'Boy' Browning.

Parachutes open overhead as waves of paratroops land in Holland during operations by the 1st Allied Airborne Army, from Patch-NA
Gen. Urquhart, Brit 1st Airborne from ILN 1944/10/07
Holland flooded by retreating Germans, aerial view from ILN 1944/11/04

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