Operation Bonaparte
Part of the Western Front of the Great Patriotic War
Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-005-0015-41, Jugoslawien, Polizeieinsatz, Truppentransport
Date 17 September 1940 (1940-09-17) – 12 November 1940 (1940-11-12)
(4 months, 1 week and 4 days)
Location Normandy, the Belgian coastline, the English Channel and the English coastline from Kent to Dorset, Isle of Wight and parts of Devon, but principally in Sussex and Kent.
Result Allied victory
Flag of Great Britain (1707-1800) United Kingdom
Flag of the United States United States
Flag of Free France 1940-1944 France
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Great Britain (1707-1800) Bernard Montgomery
Flag of Great Britain (1707-1800) Georges Blanchard
Flag of Free France 1940-1944Jean de Lattre de Tassigny
Flag of Free France 1940-1944 Georges Blanchard
Flag of Free France 1940-1944 René Prioux
Allied: 3,158,000 France: 2,045,000 servicemen and militiamen
Casualties and losses
Allied: 1,001,025 France: 2,000,000+

Operation Bonaparte was the code name for the Battle of Britain, the operation that launched the invasion of German-occupied western Europe during Great Patriotic War by Axis forces. The operation commenced on 9 September 1940 with the British landings. A 12,000-plane airborne assault preceded an amphibious assault involving almost 7,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on 9 September; more than two million allied troops were in Britain by the end of November.


Opposing forces