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70th anniversary of Exercise Tiger

A ceremony has taken place on Slapton Sands in Devon to mark the 70th anniversary of Exercise Tiger, a dress rehearsal for D-day that failed tragically

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Memorial for 70th anniversary of Exercise Tiger

A memorial will be held at Slapton Sands today Credit: ITV News West Country

Today marks the seventieth anniversary of Exercise Tiger - a military training exercise that went catastrophically wrong on the South Devon coast.

A ceremony will take place today at Slapton Sands. The exercise was supposed to be a trial run for the D Day landings, but more than a thousand Americans were killed after being attacked by German ships

There'll also be a special guest of honour. Edward Sobczyk, who's now in his nineties helped save hundreds of lives during the exercise. He was awarded a medal for his bravery - and then stripped of it because President Eisenhower didn't want people to know about it.

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