posted on Feb, 4 2013 @ 08:56 PM
Originally posted by AngryCymraeg
reply to post by HelenConway
As far as I can discover so far the live firing was confined to the shelling from HMS Hawkins. Which was a cruiser, not a battleship.
This is from the Express Article by Paul Callan 2009 -
The Royal Navy were NOT implicated in the friendly fire it was US servicemen v US servicemen.
The Pentagon has long suppressed the details yet accounts from those present that day show that, as the GIs swarmed ashore, they were scythed down by
other US soldiers who had assumed the role, for the exercise, of German defenders. One observer on a nearby vantage point recalled seeing "infantrymen
on the beach fall down and remain motionless".
A British observer from the Royal Engineers watched in horror as soldiers streamed from their landing craft and were "mown down like ninepins". He
said: "We later found out it was a mistake. They should have been using dummy ammunition but they just carried on shooting."
There has never been any official mention in US army records of bodies ever being found on Slapton Sands and nor has the Pentagon ever commented about
there being a friendly fire disaster in the area during the spring of 1944.
They were shot by guns.
However as I said all the links I have given are complicated but they give conflicting accounts but no where did I see the Royal Navy blamed for
friendly fire, just for allowing the e boats [ enemy boats ] to slip past. One of the RN ships was being fixed in Plymouth and was unexpectedly not
The ship HMS Hawkins did fire live rounds on Eisenhower's orders via the British equivalent in the Armed forces.
However - they are not implicated in the deaths from what I have read.
edit on 4-2-2013 by HelenConway because: (no reason given)