Thursday, March 17, 2011

VoM2: War Memorial in Devon

Cruising down the coastal road in Devon (near Strete and Slapton) I saw this monument and pulled in to take a look.

Turns out it was presented by the US Army to the local people who evacuated their homes and lands to provide a “live fire” practice area for the D-Day invasion. The beach’s similarity to those in Normandy (especially Utah Beach) made it a perfect rehearsal location for 30,000 American troops and 16 million tons of equipment to be put ashore. The local residents were given 6 weeks to leave and were not allowed to return for almost 10 months.

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