Hundreds of American servicemen killed preparing for the D-Day landings have been remembered alongside locals who gave up their homes for the training in South Devon.
Wreaths were laid in honour of the one thousand men who died in Exercise Tiger, three quarters of whom were attacked by two German E-boats at Slapton Sands. The disaster was covered up for thirty years. Exercise Tiger survivor, John Casner, describes what he saw:
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.