Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
|The memorial US Sherman tank, dredged up from Torcross by locals in 1984.|
If any of my readers are unfamiliar with Exercise Tiger, you may be interested in following the link below. It was a D-Day training disaster which happened just down the road from us here in April '44 and almost 1000 servicemen (mostly American) died in a combination of E-Boat attacks and friendly-fire. It was 'conveniently forgotten' for forty years afterwards. [link]
You can see why they chose Torcross. Here it is today:
|The red line shows the villages that were evacuated for the troops and manoeuvres in the run-up to D-Day. I live and work a half-dozen miles to the left.|
|One of the landing craft at Slapton of the kind that was sunk by the E-boats.|
|Practising landings in Devon.|
Apparently a couple of planes with invasion stripes flew over the school yesterday, but I was teaching, alas, and missed them.
The anticipated schedule will briefly resume after this weekend...but then I'm back to grading papers for the next fortnight.
Yours, in remembrance,