Torcross, South Devon

Torcross, looking north towards Slapton Sands, the site of Exercise Tiger, 1944. (1)

Torcross, South Devon. 2015.

Photos Pete Grafton.

South of Torcross:  defensive World War Two buildings and interesting strata.

Second World War Pill Box, Torcross.

Beach strata and Second World War Pill Box, Torcross.

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Footnote (1)  Next to the main A379 road at Torcross is a Sherman Tank, a memorial to the incident. The memorial is known as the Exercise Tiger Memorial.   749 US troops – there are speculations the figure was higher – rehearsing for D Day landings at Slapton Sands in April 1944 were killed by friendly fire, and German raider E-boats. For accounts of the incident, see Exercise Tiger online.

“American troops landing on Slapton Sands, England, during rehearsals for D day”. Photo source, with grateful thanks: US Signal Corps/Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division.

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1 Response to Torcross, South Devon

  1. Elspeth Wight says:

    Fantastic photos. Amazing geology.
    Don’t think I have heard of Torcroos before!

    Like

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