Sunday, 4 November 2012

Slapton Sands: The Forgotten Dead

This is the Torcross memorial at Slapton Sands. This photo was taken some years ago when We were on our last family holiday to South Devon. The Lambshead family come from Ilsington in S Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor.

Slapton Sands was where the Operation Tiger disaster happened. Something like 1000 American troops died in a training exercise for D-Day.

Local man, Ken Small, located the tank on the sea bed and bought if from the American Government. Local Devonians helped him drag the tank to the shore and erect the memorial despite indifference from either the US or British authorities.

One of the E-Boats  partly responsible for the carnage is now in Plymouth.

I met Ken Small just after taking this picture and bought his book. He died of cancer in 2004.

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