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Day 16 - Torcross & Slapton

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We used to visit this little place to see my grand parents on my mothers side. This place is really made up of three distinct areas.
Torcross being the seaside town at the end of the beach, Slapton Sands being the very long beach, and Slapton is the village up the hill from the beach.

During the war, the entire area of 3000 people were evacuated so the American's could practice beach landings ahead of the D-Day landings.
The beach was similar in some respects to Utah beach, being 3 mile wide.
Due to mishaps and an attack by the Germans during the exercises, a significant number of marines were killed. In fact more were killed here than on the actual D-Day landings at Utah Beach.

During the exercises, a Sherman Tank kitted out with floatation devices sank because a cover was not fitted. Many years later this was discovered and winched to shore. This now stands as a memorial to the service men who lost their lives in the training exercises.

During the war, this area was heavily fortified against attack from the sea. Little remains now as various storms over the years have eroded the shoreline.

In more recent times, a heavy duty sea wall was built to prevent more erosion.

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Posted by AlastairPorritt 00:15 Archived in United Kingdom

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