Lest they be forgotten
Near the village of Slapton is situated a very moving memorial to one of the World War II’s worst disasters.
In the early hours of the 28th of April 1944 eight Landing Ship Tanks full of American servicemen were in Lyme Bay, off the coast of Devon, England. Their purpose to take part in Exercise Tiger, the realistic rehearsals for the D-Day landings in Normandy. The night turned into tragedy as a group of patrolling German e-boats discovered and attacked them. By the end of that tragic night three allied ships were torpedoed, two of which sank into the channel, one managed to limp back to shore.
A total of 749 American servicemen died that night and the tank shown in the picture was one of the many vehicles which were being used in Operation Tiger. It was salvaged from the seabed in 1984 and mounted here in memory of those who were tragically killed.
You can read more about Operation Tiger and the disaster by clicking here