Synopsis by Nathan Southern
As an Emmy-winning adaptation of General Dwight D. Eisenhower's bestseller Crusade in Europe, the series World War II: When the World Went to War explores some of the pivotal events which characterized the conflict that shook the world from 1939-1945, as the shadow of fascism loomed over the European continent. Subtitled "The European Theater: Operation Dragoon and the Red Ball Express}, this fifth volume in the series spans the years 1943 through 1944, and is divided into three parts. Part One, "The Allies Conquer Sicily and the Italian Mainland," charts the events that immediately followed the 1943 Allied victory over the Germans in Sicily, as the Allies advanced more deeply into the Italian mainland and engaged in the Battle of Supplies at Anzio. Part Two, "Operation Dragoon: The Allied Invasion of Southern Europe," discusses the titular campaign, whereby the Allies overtook the Cote d'Azur and captured the port cities of Marseilles and Toulon. And Part Three, "Red Ball Express: The Supply Convoy Through Europe," explains how the Allies created a gigantic convoy system (with 6,000 vehicles) to bring food, weapons and supplies into the city during the liberation of Paris from the Nazis in August 1944.
Allies, battle [war], convoy, world-war