Wounded POWs After Operation Dragoon

It’s hard not to feel conflicted looking at this photo. Here you can see wounded German soldiers taken as POWs by American troops during Operation Dragoon. Weary, bandaged, and blood-splattered, they wait to be treated by medics at a collection point.

This invasion of France followed the D-Day landings in Normandy. This second Allied invasion of southern France commenced on 15 August 1944 and forced back German troops. A combination of multiple parachute drops and an aggressive amphibious assault eventually led the German Army Group G to abandon southern France and retreat to the Vosges Mountains.

These men, captured by the American troops, await their fate. It’s hard to imagine what they are thinking, but that combination of being scared, stunned, and exhausted shows on each and every face.

Operation Dragoon

Between Cavalaire-sur-Mer and Saint-Raphaël, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.

August 1944.

Image taken by Henry L. Griffin.

Credit: Anti-Worlds