Political map of Europe & the Mediterranean 30 August 1944 (Liberation of France): Throughout July the Allies (Allies of World War II) consolidated and reinforced their hold over Normandy (Normandy landings). On August 5 they struck, sweeping south, east and west across France. Ten days later an additional force landed in southern France (Operation Dragoon). French and American troops entered Paris (Liberation of Paris) on the 25th.