Originally posted by Res Ipsa
Where is the conspiracy here? German subs did it.
I don't think that is correct at all - if you read the story you can see that many locals claim there were American servicemen killed in friendly fire
- yes undoubtedly, the germans probably did sink the boat in Dorset a few miles along the coast.
That does not explain all the stories as told by the locals and their enduring nature.
You have to understand that at the time very close to D Day all the locals were evacuated, the MOD commandeered the whole area, no civilians were
meant to be within 25 sq miles. See this map where the locals were emptied from the area
The question is was the mass grave theory correct and true ? Were servicemen killed in a friendly fire incident ?
The author Ken Small always dismissed the mass grave theory apparently [ according to the Guardian article quoted above in OP and below by Mark
Townsend] until before his death where:
Local author Ken Small, whose book The Forgotten Dead broke the story of the E-boat attack, dismissed the rumours until just before he died last
March. He told the historian Williams that Seekings had been right. 'I was stunned,' said Williams
The friendly fire was not just small arms it was something to do with a rocket launcher
The stories are confusing and contradictory and the Americans did not tell the American servicemen's families the true story about their loved ones
death, allegedly, until the 1980s, when their hand was forced.
Apparently a detailed and unclassified account of the tragedy was always available in the National Archives. It had been prepared and written by the
European Theater Historical Section, after the war.
It is true that Eisenhower did order a cover up after the sinking because of the sensitive nature of the information and because of the propaganda
value to the germans, so close to D Day.
However - some say it was just forgotten and there was no official cover up after the war and that indeed the American Battle Monuments Commission
had ordered and placed a memorial in Cambridge with the names of all those who died during this incident [ immediately post war].
I just find it all mysterious - maybe I should not.
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