In late 1943 Slapton Sands was selected as the location for a number of large-scale rehearsals in preparation for the forthcoming invasion of Normandy ( D-Day ). Exercise Tiger took place in April 1944, during which at least 749 American servicemen lost their lives.
There was nothing to mark this disaster until 1984, when local resident Ken Small organised the raising of this M4 Sherman tank from the seabed. It is placed at Torcross, at the southern end of the beach, as a memorial to those who perished.
Slapton Sands, Devon - Exercise Tiger Memorial
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4 July 2009
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