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Top military operations in the West European Theater during World War II by year: 1944

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1 Wacht am Rhein ("Watch on the Rhine") (1944) — counteroffensive in the Ardennes 5343
2 Berlin (1944) — defeat and withdrawal of British 1st Airborne. 2581
3 Overlord (1944) — invasion of Normandy, France. See also Pointblank. 2451
4 Diver (1944) — Defence of London against V-1 attack. 1002
5 Bodenplatte ("Baseplate") (1945) — Luftwaffe support raids on Allied airbases. Re-scheduled to 1 January 1945. 489
6 Cobra (1944) — breakout from Normandy. 471
7 Pluto (1944) — construction of undersea oil pipelines between England and France 299
8 * Fortitude (1944) — two deception operations to mislead over location of landings 264
9 Greif ("Griffin") (1944) — infiltration using troops disguised in Allied uniforms. 190
10 Tonga — British airdrop in Normandy, east of the Orne River 168
11 Goodwood (1944) — British breakout attempt (?) from Normandy 157
12 Tiger (1944) — Allied training exercise prior to D-Day, near Slapton, England 141
13 Epsom (1944) — British assault west of Caen, Normandy 113
14 Bodyguard — deception plan, including: 113
15 Pegasus (1944) — Allied rescue of troops after failure of Market Garden 113
16 Undergo (1944) — assault on Calais 103
17 Totalize (1944) — Allied effort to trap German armour in Normandy 99
18 * Quicksilver 95
19 Charnwood (1944) — assault on Caen. 92
20 Tractable (1944) — continuation of Operation Totalize to close the Falaise pocket 86
21 * Glimmer (1944) — feint towards Pas de Calais 82
22 Bluecoat (1944) — advance to River Vire 81
23 Jericho (1944) — air-raid on Amiens prison to release French Resistance prisoners 79
24 Clipper (1944) — Allied assault on Siegfried Line at Geilenkirchen. 76
25 Spring — Canadian attack on high ground, south of Caen 60
26 Windsor (1944) — capture of Carpiquet. 57
27 * Atlantic (1944) — Supporting operation for Goodwood 55
28 DingsonFree French commando raid 54
29 Astonia (1944) — assault on Le Havre 52
30 Cooney (1944) — Free French SAS action in St Malo area. 50
31 Loyton (1944) — unsuccessful large SAS action in Vosges mountains. 45
32 Postage Able (1944) — landing beach surveys using X-Craft and divers 41
33 * Zeppelin (1944) — deception plan to depict an amphibious landing on Crete, western Greece, or the Romanian Black Sea coast 29
34 Hurricane (1944) — Bombing of Ruhr. See Also Chastise. 29
35 Wellhit (1944) — assault on Boulogne 27
36 Fusilade (1944) — capture of Dieppe 26
37 * Gambit (1944) — use of X-Craft midget submarines as navigation beacons off Sword and Juno beaches 24
38 * Accumulator (1944) — diversionary naval operation near to the Channel Islands 21
39 Newton (1944) — Free French SAS action in Burgundy, France 19
40 ** Skye 15
41 Nelson (1944) — cancelled SAS action in France. 14
42 Lost (1944) — British raid on Brittany 13
43 * Dunhill (1944) — SAS action in support of Cobra. 12
44 Defoe (1944) — SAS action in Normandy 12
45 * Maple — Allied naval minelaying operations to inhibit German naval reaction 12
46 Vitality (1944) taking of South Beveland, second phase of the Battle of the Scheldt. 10
47 Lüttich — German counter-offensive at Mortain. 9
48 Jupiter — British attack to occupy and hold Hill 112, near Caen 8
49 Noah (1944) — response to blowing of river dykes near Nijmegen and consequential flooding 6
50 Switchback (1944) taking of Breskens pocket, first phase of the Battle of the Scheldt. 6
51 Aberlour (1944) — cancelled follow-up to Mitten. < 5
52 Mitten (1944) — elimination of German position at Chateau de la Ronde < 5
53 Independence (1944) — clearance of German garrisons on the Gironde estuary (postponed, later revived as Operation Venerable) < 5
54 Grouse (1944) — advance towards Tinchebray (also called Wallop). < 5
55 Infatuate (1944) capture of Walcheren Island- final phase of the Battle of the Scheldt. < 5
56 Kitten (1944) — British and Canadian advance to the Seine. < 5
57 Neptune — landing phase of Overlord < 5
58 Axehead (1944) — proposed assault crossing of the lower Seine and capture of Le Havre and Rouen (superseded by Astonia) < 5
59 * Bravado (1944) — mine-laying around Kiel Canal to inhibit German naval reaction < 5
60 Houndsmith (1944) — Special Air Service (SAS) action near Dijon. < 5
61 * Pomegranate (1944) — preparation for Goodwood < 5
62 Queen (1944) — aerial close-support operation in Hurtgen Forest, east of Aachen < 5
63 Wallop (1944) — advance towards Tinchebray (also called Grouse). < 5
64 Aintree (1944) — occupation of Overloon and Venraij by British 3rd Infantry Division. < 5
65 Dauntless (1944) — British XXX Corps. < 5
66 Marine (1944) — Dropping of naval mines into the Rhine < 5
67 Operation Olive (1944) — offensive against the Gothic Line. < 5
68 * Greenline (1944) — diversionary attack by XXI XXX & XXI British Corps < 5
69 Totter (1944) combined ROC and RAF anti V-1 efforts < 5
70 * Jael < 5
71 Detroit — American airdrop in Normandy < 5
72 Mulberry (1944) — creation of safe anchorages using block ships < 5
73 Paddle (1944) — Canadian pursuit of German forces < 5
74 Sussex — insertion of French OSS operatives into France to report German troop movements < 5
75 Pirate (1944) — Anglo-Canadian training exercise prior to D-Day, at Studland Bay, England < 5
76 Comet (1944) — early draft of Market Garden < 5
77 Stösser (1944) — airborne drop in support of the Wacht am Rhein. < 5
78 Constellation (1944) — occupation of Venraij and Venlo by British VIII Corps. < 5
79 * Hambone (1944) — also known as Copperhead < 5
80 Trousers (1944) — Anglo-Canadian training exercise prior to D-Day, near Slapton, England < 5
81 Chicago — Allied airdrop < 5
82 Abel (1944) — harassment of German retreat in France < 5
83 Walter (1944) — tidy-up operation, using two brigades. < 5

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