Slapton Sands - Exercise Tiger
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Hooked
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Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:15 pm quote
Where over 600 American servicemen lost their lives during WW2 in training for the forthcoming D-Day landings. Slapton Sands was chosen for its similarity to the Utah sector.



Having read the book 'The Forgotten Dead' by Ken Small, was the inspiration for this trip for me. Ken Small is responsible for bringing this tragedy to light and recovering the Sherman DD tank from the sea to serve as a monument and focal point to the dead and survivors.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_Tiger


For me it was about a 250mile round trip, down through Somerset and tp the south coast through Torquay and Dartmouth and then on to Slapton Sands and Torcross.





Dartmouth ferry needed to cross the river


































Monument erected by the US Gov to say thank you to the local residents for evacuating the area during the spring of 1944. Even though there was no recognition of the fact that so many soldiers and naval servicemen had been killed during the ill-fated exercise









Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:19 pm quote
Hey Stoker, Great Pics. I have always known about Exercise Tiger from books that I have read about WWII and the D-day preparations. But I never really knew where Slapton Sands was. I will certainly give the book a try a maybe get a chance to visit there myself one day.
Thanks for posting
Ossessionato
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Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:25 pm quote
Could we fit this in next April Marc?
Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:34 pm quote
Pepy27 wrote:
Could we fit this in next April Marc?
Yes we can. Lets do that. We will make it work somehow.
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