The First Airborne Task Force has its origins in the grouping of all airborne elements available in the Mediterranean theater of operations (MTO) in February 1944, providing for a landing in Southern France. Created in July 1944, the unit is under General Robert T. Frederick' command. On August 15, 1944, its elements must be dropped around the village of Le Muy and support the landing from the inland, the beaches of Delta and Camel Beach in the cities of St. Maxime and St. Raphael.

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On D Day + 1 at 14 hours, a reconnaissance jeep of the 45th Infantry Division landed the day before at Sainte-Maxime, arrives at the château Sainte-Roseline, it is the first contact with the troops coming from the sea for the 517th PRCT. The capture of Draguignan by the 551st, which seized Generalmajor Bieringer's FK800, announced the end of German resistance in Le Var. Thus, from the 17th of August, the 517th managed to regroup at Château Sainte-Roseline, and to taste a short rest before moving on Puget-sur-Argens.

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Three large units of the First Airborne Task Force are assigned to 3 different areas to progress to the Italian border. The 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion is moving along the coast and must approach Cannes. On its left flank is the First Special Service Force, attached since 22 August to the First Airborne Task Force to replace the 2nd British Independent Parachute Brigade, which must go to Grasse. The most northerly unit is the 517th Regimental Combat Team, which must advance towards Saint Vallier and ensure the responsibility of the north-east road to the Col de Larche.

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La table d’orientation de Peïra-Cava

. Après avoir été occupé par les 517th et 509th Combat Team, Peïra-Cava est occupé par diverses unités de la 7th Army tel que le 442nd Regimental Combat Team. À l'endroit où se trouve la table d'orientation de Peïra-Cava (une nouvelle a été construite, mais l'ancienne...

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"First Airborne Task Force & The Forgotten Paratroopers" website is specialized on the First Airborne Task Force ephemeral history existence, the provisional airborne division of the landing of Southern France and the units having part of it. In a second time, the website take a particular look on the American troops having participated in the landing of Provence from the training to the operation until the end of August 1944. Being interested in other numerous (and obscure) units having fought in the Mediterranean, the platform has its blog online.