On 15 Aug 1944, the landing troops sailed from Corsica surprised the German and Vichy French defenders at the French Riviera (Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Saint-Tropez, and Saint-Raphaël beaches). Within the first two days 13,000 men and 18,000 vehicles were transported ashore, and the port cities of Toulon and Marseille were under Allied control by the end of the month.
Saint-Tropez, 15 August 1944: what happened?
« Severe thunderstorms and hail over the entire Gulf of Saint-Tropez Who says Saint Tropez, says Brigitte Bardot or the gendarme! »