Operation Super Round-up

This was the Allied final development of ‘Round-up’ (July 1942).

Agreed between the Americans and British, the plan mandated that an Allied landing would be made as soon as possible after ‘Torch’ (in the summer of 1943) in considerable strength (30 US and 18 British divisions) in the area of northern France between Calais and Dieppe. The proposed launch date for this operation was 1 April 1943, and under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower the Allies would try to use some 7,000 landing craft to land on a six-division front that could then be reinforced at the rate of some 100,000 men per week under an Allied air umbrella of 5,800 aircraft (3,250 American and 2,550 British).

Faced with very serious British reservations about the operation (especially after the fiasco of ‘Jubilee’), the ‘Super Round-up’ plan was then postponed at the ‘Symbol’ conference of January 1943 at Casablanca in favour of the British-sponsored ‘Husky’ (i) against Sicily.