North Devon’s D-Day secrets revealed

08:24 28 November 2012

Troops preparing for D-Day in North Devon.

Troops preparing for D-Day in North Devon.

Archant

Presentation at Saunton Golf Club on Friday (November 30) will lift the lid on one of the most crucial periods in the region’s history.

Testing of experimental military equipment at Instow.Testing of experimental military equipment at Instow.

THE North Devon coast and its estuaries was changed beyond recognition 68 years ago as thousands of Allied troops began training for the most important operation of World War Two.

This Friday people can find out much more about this fascinating period of the area’s history with a slide show and film presentation called Preparing for D-Day at Saunton Golf Club.

The show will be presented by historian Andrew Byrom and will be raising money for the Forget-Me-Not Project plus Devon Air Ambulance.

It will show the impact of D-Day preparations on the area, including British and American troops training on Braunton Burrows, the formation of RAF Chivenor and Braunton Home Guard plus air raids around the village.

Tales of the huge mine field laid on Saunton Beach and its subsequent removal using German prisoners of war as labour, the building of an American army camp on the edge of Braunton and German planes dropping in are just some of the facts that will be revealed.

The second part of the show will is entitled North Devon’s Most Secret War, by the late Vic Thompson and tells of how around 25,000 troops passed through the region as they trained for D-Day.

It includes scenes of weird and wonderful military equipment tested at Instow.

The presentation on Friday starts at 7.15pm and doors open at 6.30, with admission £3. Refreshments, a raffle and a bring-and-buy stall will also be on hand.

0 comments

Other Entertainment Stories

Yesterday, 18:31
Isabelle Grey

A pair of thriller writers, who have both recently completed trilogies, are among guest speakers at this year’s Sun, Sea & Books, Sidmouth Literary Festival, on June 10 and 11.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
The Exmouth Coastwatch tower. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4933-11-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Exmouth Coastwatch, in conjunction with Exmouth Rowing Club, is holding an open day at the slipway opposite the old lifeboat station on Sunday, May 29, between 10am and 5pm.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

St Andrew’s Church, in Charmouth, will be hosting a sale of pre-loved paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery, this weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:57
'Bridge' Courtesy Other Criteria. © Rachel Howard

Damien Hirst’s gallery is showcasing some unique new work by award winning London artist, Rachel Howard

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
The model railway show last year in Bideford Pannier Market. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

Loads of layouts promised at model railway show in Bideford held in aid of North Devon charity Amigos.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
Bideford Bike Show. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Around 2,000 bikers are set to flood Bideford Quay this weekend - as well as music, stalls and a raffle all in aid of charity.

Read more
Mon, 18:30
'Autumn Sunset, Exmouth' by Michael Norman

Exmouth Art Group says it is delighted to be participating in the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Exmouth Festival.

Read more
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Matt Harvey

Poetry lovers have a special treat in store on June 6, when performance poet, Matt Harvey, comes to Sidmouth Rugby Club for an evening of poems and humour.

Read more
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Throwing a pot at the Exmouth Ceramic Group's workshop in Meeting Street.

It’s all hands on clay at Exmouth Ceramics Group’s annual exhibition this bank holiday weekend.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Paul Taylor-Mills with his Olivier award.

The 2016 Summer Rep Season at the Manor Pavilion Theatre, was launched last night - with tickets for a dozen classic plays on sale today (Friday, May 20).

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C

Great British Life

Great British Life

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Find a job in Devon



Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications