Exercise Tiger 1944 Slapton Sands South Devon England & telling The Veterans Story

The BBC investigates “Exercise Tiger” April 28th 1944 after Ken Small’s discovery off the coast of Devon in 1974 and leaving his lasting legacy to the World - Part of the Dr. Alice Roberts “Digging for Britain” TV series.
In this clip, Naoise Mac Sweeney, an Associate Professor in Ancient History at the University of Leicester UK discusses “Operation Tiger” with Dean Small son of the late Ken Small.

This tragedy happened just off the coast of England a few weeks before D-Day and the actual Normandy Landings.
Exercise Tiger 1944 Slapton Sands South Devon England & telling The Veterans Story

Exercise Tiger involved "Top Secret" practise beach landings taking place in South Devon at Slapton Sands in preparation for "Operation Neptune".
This was to be the seaborne invasion which formed part of "Operation Overlord" and would lead the allies to eventual Victory in Europe.
The disasters that happened during Exercise Tiger were concealed from the World for decades until Ken Small retrieved a sunken Sherman tank from Lyme Bay and started researching the Exercise Tiger war records.
In May 1984 he presented this tank to Slapton Sands as a monument and tribute to all the US Military and Naval men that lost their lives during Exercise Tiger.
He then went on to uncover many of the concealed facts during the 1980's which allowed this tragic story to unravel over the next 30 years.
The World would finally learn just what had taken place at Slapton Sands in April 1944.

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Exercise Tiger 1944 Slapton Sands South Devon England & telling The Veterans Story


Come on a journey with us to discover the definitive story behind "Exercise Tiger 1944"
OFFICIAL Exercise Tiger website: exercisetigermemorial.co.uk
Email for CeeVisK HD Film Production; ckirsten2011@btinternet.com


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Come on a journey with us to discover the definitive story behind "Exercise Tiger 1944"
OFFICIAL Exercise Tiger website: exercisetigermemorial.co.uk
Email for CeeVisK HD Film Production; ckirsten2011@btinternet.com

In the foreground on the sand are rolls of mesh ‘Sommerfeld Tracking’ (named after German expatriate engineer, Kurt Joachim Sommerfeld), used to strengthen weak and viscous surfaces.
In the centre of the frame is an American Sherman M-10 tank destroyer named “Bessie” equipped with special boxes that protected the engine from the ingress of water, also visible is a Caterpillar D-8 bulldozer, used by the allies in landings for clearing the beaches.
The photo also shows two landing craft LCT class numbered 27 and 53.

At the back, is a large tank landing ship LST-325, which subsequently was involved in transporting troops and equipment onto the Normandy beaches.
After the war, she was sold to Greece and served in it’s Navy until 1999.
In 2000 LST 325 was bought back by the United States and now serves as a memorial to ships of this class in Evansville Indiana.

With the help of two "Tiger" Veterans Floyd and John and with Families representing their lost ones from America.
They travelled to Britain for the 70th Exercise Tiger Memorial Service held on the 28th of April 2013 - 2014 and made it possible for us to collate many personal facts, stories and images along with archive footage and we have incorporated these shared memories and experiences into one definitive hour long film.

Although very personal to these Families and with the leading support of Laurie Bolton and myself as the filmmaker we can share with you their story and help better understand the events that took place during this sad and tragic episode of WWII - Filmed and Produced by CeeVisK HD International

The morning of April 28 will live forever in the memories of those men, who, through incredible odds, survived the horrible ordeal. The men of the 507 found themselves thrown into a situation that they thought would never happen on a rehearsal run. Before the attack, the men sat down below, on their bunks never believing that something would go terribly wrong. Patrick "Patsy" Giacchi was one of those men, who was down below in the ship. In an interview, he told how he and his friends sat in their bunks relaxing after a hard day's work. The men played cards, sang along with the ukulele, wrote to love ones, and talked about what they would do when they got back, never thinking that they might not make it back. While relaxing, Patsy heard scrapping noises, and then he got knocked off his stretcher. He feared that something was wrong, but the others told him not to worry because it was a "dry run." Ignoring the assurances of his comrades, Patsy put on his shoes and helmet and went up top anyway.7 When the torpedo made the direct hit, Patsy's friends down below did not have much of a chance to escape.

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    WHEN AN ICONIC COLLECTION REPRESENTING WWII U.S. SERVICE-MEN, NATO & Mi6 ADVENTURES CONVERGE IN APPLEDORE - This massive Shipyard restoration project starts in earnest in early 2021...

    Kevin Wheatcroft of the Wheatcroft Collection has bought Richmond dry dock in Appledore and intends to store historic vessel's there, including a former German E boat.

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    Appledore’s Richmond dry dock will become home to a wartime German E boat and other historic vessels after it was sold to military collector Kevin Wheatcroft.

    Kevin Wheatcroft is a living history expert and owner of the Wheatcroft Collection, one of the world’s largest private collections of Second World War memorabilia that includes many German vehicles plus those from other nations.

    Mr. Wheatcroft intends to use the dry dock at Appledore to store historic vessels including S-130, the German Schnellboote or S boat that served in the war as well as a captured British prize and part of NATO forces until the 1980s.

    The dock was sold by commercial property consultant Kevin Underwood, jointly with local agents Morris and Bott, with an original guide price of £1.2million.

    Mr Wheatcroft said: “After we discovered Richmond dry dock and initial talks with local authorities and Historic England, we outlined our plans for the dock as a working home for some of The Wheatcroft Collection’s historic boats, so returning the dry dock to its original intended use.”

    “Richmond dry dock is a listed property we want to preserve and use as a base. In our collection there is a Dunkirk little ship, an ex-gun boat and a 1920s gentleman’s day yacht.

    “We would like to run this for the preservation of those craft, not as a working dock.”

    Mr Wheatcroft owns the famous Donington Park estate and the Wheatcroft Collection is well known in military history circles, containing many German vehicles including Panther and Tiger tanks.

    Speaking of his plans for the Appledore site, he said:
    “Obviously, we’re very much in the infancy of our project.

    “Our aim now is to clear the site of the detritus left by the previous owners and make it safe and presentable for those whose homes overlook it, so really it’s watch this space.

    “It’s about what we can do in working with the local community in preserving this historic dry dock, which I have to say, are very hard to find.”


    The S boat S-130 served during the war before being taken into the Royal Navy until it was returned to Germany in 1957, serving as part of NATO forces until in 1991 it became a houseboat.
    At the end of the war about 34 E-boats were surrendered to the British.
    Three boats, S-130 (renamed P5230), S-208 (P5208) and S-212 (P5212) were retained for trials.
    Mr Wheatcroft purchased S-130 in 2009.

    A US Navy veteran and witness John Casner Jnr who’s testimony to the destructive effectiveness of this actual WWII S130 E-Boat with an attack that took place in South Devon on April 28th 1944 is quite chilling...
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    What happened during the early hours on the morning of April 28 1944 will live forever in the memories of those men, who, through incredible odds survived this horrible ordeal.

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    LST 510: Landed Tanks on D-Day is Now a Converted Car Ferry
    Joseph O'Brien Mar 9, 2019
    Among their crews it was joked that LST stood for “Large Slow
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    The D-Day operation took place almost eighty years ago. Practically every single ship, plane, and tank, and even the men, who took part in this operation have been retired, scrapped, or passed away. All over the world, veteran planes and ships from this operation continue to live honored and comfortable retirements in museums and as displays. But incredibly, there are a few D-Day ships that still earn their keep with active careers.
    One of these is more unlikely then the rest as it was designed to be a short-lived assault craft. While most of her sisters were scrapped long ago, this one still carries on today, albeit in a very modified form.
    This lone hard-working survivor is now the car ferry known as the M/V Cape Henlopen, but she was once known by the military designation of LST 510.
    The Landing Ship, Tank (LST) was an American innovation designed to allow the landing of both armored and unarmored vehicles on a beach instead of requiring a port. These vessels were crewed mostly by reservists and Coast Guardsmen who were as new and inexperienced as the ships they were on.

    The LST looked and functioned like a cargo ship in that it was designed to transport large numbers of vehicles, which were loaded on conventionally at a port. From that point its performance was entirely different, however. The LST had a secret weapon: a ramp hidden inside a door on its bow. It was also designed with a smooth flat bottom to enable it to sail directly up onto or as close to shore as possible.
    USS LST-325 (left) and USS LST-388 unloading while stranded at low tide during the Normandy Invasion in June 1944. Note: propellers, rudders, and other underwater details of these LSTs; 40 mm single guns; “Danforth” style kedge anchor at LST-325ʼs stern.
    It would beach itself, open its bow doors, drop the ramp, and then allow vehicles to drive out onto a beachhead and go directly into combat from there. This avoided a need for docks or cranes to unload vehicles, shaving hours or even days off the time typically

    needed to get armor into the battle.
    LSTs are credited by some, including General Eisenhower, as one of the inventions that allowed the Allies to win the Second World War. With the LST delivering armor with no port facility needed, they could concentrate more forces into an invasion area faster than the enemy could reinforce their defenses.
    A Canadian LST off-loads an M4 Sherman during the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943

    LSTs saw service around the globe during WWII, getting most of their fame in Normandy and the Pacific island-hopping operations. But the Navy lost a large portion of their number in the process.
    LSTs were mass-produced and designed to have short service lives. They were designed to fulfill a purpose, not to be comfortable, or fast, or even heavily-armed. They were susceptible to bad weather, mechanical breakdowns, and enemy attacks at any time. Many were lost to accidents but many more to combat damage.
    Among their crews it was joked that LST stood for “Large Slow Target.” Many of them would not survive the war or post-war scrapping of the massive fleet that was built in the course of the war.
    Bren Gun Carriers being loaded at Bone Harbour through the bow doors of HMS BACHAQUERO, an LST specially constructed for the task.

    Surprisingly enough a few do live on in Third World navies or as museums. The Philippines still use two even today as fishery vessels and a floating barracks. Several other navies have them floating around, though mostly as storage vessels at this point. No first line navy still uses one.
    The Last Operating LST (LST-325)

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    There is only one in North America still in active everyday use, but youʼd never know it to look at her. LST-510 was built in 1943 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. She was quickly sent overseas and served at Normandy, delivering supplies on June 6 to the bloody cauldron that was Omaha Beach. She ran several voyages, delivering vehicles and supplies for the invasion forces.
    Her career was mostly marked with mishaps unfortunately. Lots of groundings and breakdowns made her somewhat a hard luck ship.

    She was being prepared to aid the fight against Japan when the war ended.
    The service bar on USS-LST-510, Buncombe County. Photo: Mark Ameres CC BY 3.0
    After the war she continued in naval service but was mostly in the inactive fleet. The Navy eventually renamed her the Buncombe County after a region in North Carolina. She would continue to serve until 1955.
    She was then taken out of commissioned service and sold into commercial hands. She was converted to become a car ferry. Changing names and owners multiple times, she eventually ended up serving as a car ferry between Connecticut and Long Island.

    The plaque on the USS Buncombe County, USS-LST-510.Photo: Ameres CC BY 3.0
    Read another story from us: From Texas to Japan aboard a LST – Putting The Men Ashore To Win The War
    In 1983 she underwent a refit and modernization which removed most clues to her wartime service. The most you will see, unless you know where to look, is a plaque and decorations on her rebuilt bridge wings.
    She was given new engines in 1995 and is still in service with no planned date of retirement. This last D-Day vet is still proudly sailing the ocean in her 8th decade. If you go to Connecticut or Long Island, keep an eye out for this old veteran on her daily runs.

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