Rampage on the River

Tribute to Douglas Fairbanks Jr.


Fascinating piece about WWII which involves two Hollywood stars who served in WWII Audie Murphy was a soldier first, actor after the war and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was a Hollywood star before WWII who then served in the military during WWII.

As with Overlord, the Allies would employ several deceptions and diversions, known as Operation Span, to keep the Germans guessing and off balance. For this they even employed “star power.” Lt. Cmdr. Douglas Fairbanks Jr., the famous Hollywood actor, had joined the U.S. Navy at the beginning of the war and now commanded a small flotilla in an action called Operation Rosie. Fairbanks led 11 gunboats, PT boats, and motor launches whose job it was to land 67 French Navy commandos on the coast at Pointe de l’Esquillan, just west of Cannes.

The French disembarked at 1:25 am. They were to move inland and cause as much noise…

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