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.


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!


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