Operation Anvil the invasion of Southern France took place on August 15th 1944. It was originally scheduled to take place at the same time as the invasion of Normandy had been postponed due to a limitation on shipping. Churchill had also opposed the landing believing it was a needless diversion of resources. When the landing finally came it met with very limited resistance. A few days after the landing the Germans ordered a general retreat from France. The major strategic advantage to the landing was gaining the use of the Port of Marseille to supply the Allied Armies.