World Battlefronts: Up from the South

The Allied Seventh Army ballooned out through southern France in the fastest development of a beachhead since North Africa. The ordinary rules no longer held; an army superbly equipped, trained and led exploded into the vacuum made by i) an unexpectedly weak and inadequate German defense; 2) the French Forces of the Interior.

Original invasion plans appeared to have been scrapped. Lieut. General Alexander M. Patch's men were successfully improvising to make the most of good fortune.

Only in Toulon, Marseilles and the coastal strip on either side of the beachhead was there any...

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