A memorial service has taken place to mark the start of events leading up to the 70th anniversary of a wartime disaster. Hundreds of US servicemen died during a botched practice run for the D-Day landings.
The Military Wives choir are to sing this afternoon at a memorial service marking events leading up to the 70th anniversary of Exercise Tiger. The wartime exercise on the South Devon coast left hundreds of US servicemen dead when their landing ships were attacked by German E-boats.
The service starts at 2.30pm in a marquee at Torcross with a parade of regimental standards. US veterans will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony attended by American diplomats and local people who were affected.
A weekend of commemoration is underway in Devon to mark the 70th anniversary of perhaps the biggest wartime disaster on British soil.
Exercise Tiger was planned as a dry run for the D-Day landings. But it left hundreds of US servicemen dead. The whole story was covered up for decades.
Bob Cruwys reports: