Shipping in the Bay of Naples, Italy, early August 1944, prior to departing for the southern France invasion. Two Italian light cruisers are present, along with dozens of U.S. Navy and British amphibious and combatant ships (80-G-59468).
LSTs loading for Operation Dragoon at Naples-Bagnoli, Italy, 8 August 1944. They include LST-76, LST-286, and LST-174, among others. Note LCS(S)(2) on bow davits of LST-286 and LCVPs carried by other LSTs (SC-192702).
Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, USN, commander of a Task Force 88 (the Operation Dragoon carrier force) task group, which included two U.S. Navy escort carriers. He is shown on board USS Tulagi (CVE-72), 15 August 1944 (80-G-301379).
LST's loading invasion supplies and vehicles at the island of Nisida, Bay of Naples, Italy, 9 August 1944, just prior to the southern France operation. Note barrage balloons overhead. Ships loading on beach include (left to right): USS LST-1019; USS LST-504; USS LST-1020; and USS LST-995; among others. Passing by in center distance is LST-505 (80-G-258037).
Invasion convoy steams toward the objective area, August 1944. Seen from USS Tulagi (CVE-72), the convoy includes three other escort carriers and a large number of merchant ships. Aircraft on the flight deck are Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters (80-G-416654).
Scene on a Baie de Cavalaire invasion beach, toward the Dragoon beachhead’s southwestern end, on 15 August 1944, with LCVPs from USS Andromeda (AKA-15) and Samuel Chase (APA-26) in center. A group of German prisoners of war is passing beyond the LCVPs and a smoke screen is developing (80-G-59475).
Senior officers of the invasion task force follow the progress of the landings on a relief map, aboard USS Catoctin (AGC-5), 15 August 1944. The main map depicts the central Alpha and Delta landing beach areas. Present are (left–right around the map): Rear Admiral Lemonnier, French navy chief of staff; an aide; Vice Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, USN; General Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, British army; Admiral Sir John Cunningham, RN; and Captain R.A.J. English, USN. Vice Admiral Hewitt has autographed this photo (NH-54483).
On board USS Tulagi (CVE-72), Rear Admiral Calvin T. Durgin, foreground, congratulates the carrier's pilots for destroying a target beyond the reach of naval guns during the invasion of southern France, 16 August 1944. Photographed in the carrier's ready room. Note chalk board message in background: "be sure to charge guns on take off" (80-G-305235).
USS LST-282 lies burned out and sunk off Cape Dramont, in the northern Camel landing sector, on 18 August 1944. She had been hit by a German Henschel Hs 293 guided bomb following the initial Dragoon landings on 15 August (NH 51437).
An Army truck drives ashore from USS LST-996, the first LST to reach the Delta landing sector beaches, toward the center of the Dragoon beachhead, occupied by the 45th Infantry Division, 15 August 1944 (SC-192903).
USS Quincy (CA-71) fires her forward 8-inch/55-caliber guns off Toulon, France, while supporting the invasion, 16 August 1944. Note smoke screen laid by the ship next ahead to prevent accurate counter-fire by German coastal artillery (80-G-367853).
From left to right: Lieutenant Commander Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., USNR, commander of the Special Operations Group's Eastern Diversionary Unit ("Beach Jumpers"); Captain Henry C. Johnson, USN, commander of the Special Operations Group (TG 80.4); and Lieutenant Commander John D. Bulkeley, USN, commanding officer of USS Endicott (DD-495) on Endicott's bridge during the Operation Dragoon, August 1944. This photo may have been taken after the 17 August engagement that sank the German corvettes Nimet Allah and Capriola (NH 54383).
U.S. warships engaging German shore batteries off Cannes, 21 August 1944. USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) is at right, with a destroyer at left and shells hitting between them. Cannes is in the background. Photographed from USS Brooklyn (CL-40) (80-G-245615).