While the Battle of Normandy raged, Allied Commanders launched the invasion of the “Soft Underbelly” of Europe in the south of France. The Germans had been stripping the French Mediterranean of its defensive divisions to throw into the cauldron in Normandy. Inserting O.S.S. Special Forces prior to the invasion, the Allies activated the French Underground to begin operating behind German lines, disrupting German communications and the movement of German Units throughout the mountainous terrain that made up the physical contours of the Cote d’ Azur. With most major divisions sent north, the Germans stripped local naval and Luftwaffe units into cohesive land forces to confront the Allied Invasion, but the German defenses quickly collapsed, and they fled north in attempts to join the Normandy Battle.