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"It turned out we were lucky beyond measure, the surf, the tide, firmness of sand and flatness of beach of those northern Devon beaches bore an uncanny similarity to the same qualities of the Normandy beaches over which we would ultimately launch the invasion."
One local witness recalls :- " against local advice from the coast guards (US Navy) were attempting practise landings in amphibious DUKWs in appalling conditions, known to the locals as the black east wind which brings high seas and lethal under currents. Three of the DUKWs started too drift towards the rocks and when they turned parallel to the beach in an attempt to rectify the situation, they were almost instantly rolled over and capsized killing most of the troops on board. It is recorded in “Spirit of the Sands” book, an incident when 14 men were killed and another incident when several were killed . The local memory all put the figure to be between 50 to 60 men drowned
Many verbal accounts have been presented to me, all of which stated there were “many” fatalities at the “Red Barn”. These differing versions suggests there may have been more than one incident. Having researched Exercise “Tiger” I have found and proved the U.S. Army adept at manipulating casualty figures and I would suggest the larger incident mentioned above sits in that same category. Local rumour has long suggested American servicemen have been buried on Morte Point. Expert analysis of aerial photographs taken in 1946 confirms that there is indeed an area of disturbance to the ground adjacent to what was an access track used by the American military. Size, shape and configuration is identical to that found in south Devon casualty burial trenches.
It's not a conspiracy it really happened.