Wednesday 27th November

Paul Barnett

Rout on the Riviera – Exercise Tiger – The Slapton Sands Disaster



This talk documents the tragic events of the night of April 28th 1944.  Almost forgotten, the story places the listener in the heart of sleepy Lyme Bay at a time of the Allied operations in readiness for Operation Overlord.  Originally considered safe in home waters, a loaded convoy sets sail.  But by daybreak, two ships lay on the sea bed; one limping badly damaged and 749 souls missing – a scene of total devastation.  Step forward 40 years and peace has returned to the shore, albeit the tranquil scene is silently guarded by one man’s determination…..to recover a sunken tank!


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