70th anniversary of wartime disaster

A weekend of commemoration is being held at Slapton Sands in South Devon to mark the 70th anniversary of Exercise Tiger. The dry-run for the D-Day landings resulted in disaster when hundreds of soldiers died

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Memorial ceremony at Torcross

Regimental standards lined up before the memorial service Credit: ITV News Westcountry

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.

Wreaths were laid at the wartime Sherman tank Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Military Wives choir to sing at memorial service

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.