Operation Dragoon – The 2nd D-Day? 70th Anniversary
August 24, 2014 joedemadio 1 Comment
I was happy to announce to be part of the 70th anniversary of Operation Dragoon this year. Once a again I was going on a holiday trip with the Grootveld family. They invited me to join them at Cavalaire Sur Mer, on the coast of Southern France, for a week.
On Friday August 15th it was exactly 70 years ago when Operation Dragoon started. Operation Dragoon was similar to Operation Overlord on June 6th 1944 (D-Day), but Dragoon was way more successful and had far less casualties than Operation Overlord.
A ceremony was held at the local monument in Cavalaire sur Mer. Many tourists showed up and there were even a handful of veterans! I had a little talk with a french veteran who landed here during the invasion. He was only 18 years old back then!
The ceremony was followed by a huge parade of war time vehicles and reeanactors from the 3rd infantry division. The 7th infantry regiment, 3rd infantry division landed on the beaches of Cavalaire, code-named: Alpha Red
The evening was closed with a Glenn Miller Big Band and a huge fireworks show. It definitely was a great day!
In the evening of Saturday August 16th a reeanctment invasion was held at the beach behind the local monument in Cavalaire sur Mer. It was fun to see how U.S. troops captured a German MG nest, but it wasn’t that great. You could say that French people are easily pleased.
Nevertheless, I had an unforgettable week in Cavalaire sur Mer! Thanks to the Grootveld family for allowing me to stay with them. On top of this page you will find a Vlog video of all my the activities on August 15th and 16th. You can also click here to watch the video.
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