D-Day Assault

The Second World War Assault Training Exercises at Slapton Sands
Product Number: EB00755539
Released: Mar 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781473837294
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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"This superb account describes the exercises undertaken on Slapton Sands, backed up by first hand accounts from those who were there at the time." -Military Machines International Preceded by a massive airborne assault, the largest amphibious operation ever undertaken began on June 6, 1944-D-Day. Over a fifty-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline, 160,000 Allied troops came ashore on the beaches of Normandy. Supported by more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft, they quickly gained a foothold in fortress Europe. To plan and execute such a massive military operation successfully required training-and beaches. The perfect place for the Americans was found in the sleepy South Hams area of South Devon. But this choice came at a price. Over 20,000 acres of prime agricultural land, along with villages and farms were requisitioned. The peace of the South Devon coast was soon shattered as the Slapton Sands Assault Training Centre came into being. The training, however, was not without risk. During one of the final major coordinated practices-Exercise Tiger-over 800 men were lost to enemy action whilst traveling by sea to land on the beaches at Slapton Sands. Often shrouded in intrigue, this disaster has been the subject of conspiracy theories for many years. "Using the latest information available about this secretive event, [D-Day Assault] features all aspects of the military exercises and first hand accounts of those who lived and trained there." -Western Morning News

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Author(s): Mark Khan
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: May 31, 2014

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