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S. representatives had also received the impression that the Russians were no more than 6 Howevlukewarm toward OVERLORD. er, at Tehran Russian representatives vehemently objected to further AngloAmerican operations in the Mediterranean-Balkan area that might detract from OVERLORD, which, the Soviets insisted, had to be launched in May 1944. T o the surprise of both the Americans and British, the Soviets also proposed an invasion of southern France in support of OVERLORD. While not insistent about ANVIL,the Russians firmly opposed other major offensives in the Mediterranean and took a stand against any advance in Italy beyond the lines the Allies had already attained.
Prospects that other operations in the Mediter- ery and Smith began reviewing the plans and pressing ranean, at least, would not interfere draft OVERLORD with ANVILwere also brightened by a for major increases in the size of the OVERLORD assault, a step the preliminary planners had been urging on the speed the war in the Pacific. See Robert Ross Smith, The Approach to the Philippines, United States Army in CCS for months. Knowing that no other ready source but ANVILexisted World War II (Washington, 1953), ch.
T . Paget, who succeeded Wilson in command of a reduced British Middle East Theater, was under Wilson’s control for certain operational matters. Paget’s area included Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. S. Army, and n o longer had any responsibilities in southern France. S. S. Army (ETOUSA). 4Alexander had commanded the British 18th Army Group in North Africa from 18 February to 15 May 1943. On Sicily and in Italy his headquarters was known as 15th Army Group from 10 July 1943 to 15 May 1944; as Allied Forces in Italy from 11 to 18 January 1944; as Allied Central Mediterranean Force from 18 January to 9 March 1944; and as Allied Armies in Italy (AAI) from 9 March to 12 December 1944.
Riviera to the Rhine by Jeffrey J Clarke; Robert Ross Smith