Slapton Sands

Discussion in 'WW2 Battlefields Today' started by cash_13, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    Just got back from Devon and Cornwall as work was quiet me and the wife decided to go away for 5 days and have a break.....:D

    Managed to get a few pictures of Slapton Sands beach for any one that is interested;)

    Let me know if they any good:rolleyes:

    Also a couple of pics of the village memorial where we were staying in Lydford

    I feel the least we can do is keep their names alive....

    there are also two recent names one from the Falklands and one from Iraq

    Lee
     

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  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Nice pictures Lee, Dan Snow did a piece about Ex. Tiger on the One Show this week.

    Regards
    Andy
     
  3. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    Thanks Andy, I will keep a look out for a repeat....

    I think on one of the mega noggin channels like history they did a missing evidence program if I remember rightly...

    The pics are a bit blurry, as the weather closed in and also me being a numpty had the camera on the wrong setting

    Lee
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

  5. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    For some reason I missed this - great photos. I really must get down to Slapton Sands one of these days.
     
  6. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Lee,
    Nice photos.
    I remember my eyes popping ou when I first came upon the Sherman whilst on holiday.

    Great memories returned.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  7. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Was surprised to see that Sherman there! Great photos Lee, would love to visit here too.
     
  8. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member

    Hello Lee, Slaptonsands is a great place to visit, I was there my self for the first time a few weeks ago and loved it, I walked for around 3 hours to an other village along the coast and couldnt help my self when I found the Green Dragon pub, only 2 pints of cider and walked back to Slapton

    Heres a few pictures
    Blackpool Beach (not the one in Lacashire)
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    As it was in Tiger
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    Slaptonsands Beach
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    As it was in Tiger
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    And a view of Slapton Beach from where I whent to the pub :D
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    Iam planning a trip back the soon and hopfully JP44 is coming too :)
     
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  9. Pete Keane

    Pete Keane Senior Member

    Oh, the pubs of South Devon!

    My guess is the Green Dragon was in Stoke Fleming, and the photo above was the Kings Arms in Strete?

    There were two local pubs that had permanent WW2 displays about the clearance of the area, the Forces Tavern on the A380 out of Dartmouth, and the Normandy Inn in Blackawton, but I think both have been 'redeveloped' now.

    I love the area, have lived there before, would like to retire there!

    Regards

    Pete
     
  10. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member

    Hi Pete, thats right the Green Dragon was in Stoke Fleming but the picture was taken from just out side Stoke Fleming, just had a look on google maps it was the junction of Blackpool hill and Old Road,
    I us a 12x magnification lense and I probably had it on full zoom so it looks closer (Stree)
    Its a shame about the two other pubs they sound like some where I could spend an enjoyable evening sampling the local brew :p
     
  11. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member

    Pete, heres a panoramic picture from the same spot
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    But in looking at it you may be right it could have been Stree, may have been too much cider
     
  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I think I have found a 'Then' picture for post 11.
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    English children and American guard from Army Service Forces watch from cliffside fence as US troops in distance practice landings along Slapton Beach in preparation for the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.
     
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  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    American troops and landing craft during mock amphibious assault along Slapton Beach in preparation for the invasion of the beaches of Normandy, France.
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  14. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Andy

    Interesting shot. I thought all civilians had been moved away from such areas.

    Rob
     
  15. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Lee
     
  16. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  17. sherlock

    sherlock Member

    In 2003, on our last trip to Britain, my wife and I made a side trip to Slapton Sands. When we arrived we found a local man by the name of Ken Small who had written a book concerning the wartime activities in the area. It was the middle of December so there wasn't much of a crowd. In fact, it was just the three of us. So we started talking and after he told us his story I asked him for a copy of his book which he retrieved from his car and graciously signed.
    He then immediately left the site. I figured that he had probably met his quota for the day. We felt fortunate to have met him, it gave us something of a connection to the locale and its place in hstory.
     
  18. Pete Keane

    Pete Keane Senior Member

    Stoke Fleming wasnt evacuated, so I guess the kids were from there - they look to be in the 5 - 9yrs age group, which would make then about 70 - probably still live in the village....

    Theres a lot more 'hidden' WW2 stuff in the area - there is another submerged tank in the lake in the garden of the house at the Strete end of the Slapton Line, the cobbles in the car park at Blackpool Sands were from a road constructed to load the invasion ships on the Dart (where the higher ferry is now).

    An ambition - not really WW2 related - is to drink in every Church House Inn that exists in South Devon. I'm easily pleased....

    Cheers

    Pete
     
  19. Vitesse

    Vitesse Senior Member

    In 2003, on our last trip to Britain, my wife and I made a side trip to Slapton Sands. When we arrived we found a local man by the name of Ken Small who had written a book concerning the wartime activities in the area. It was the middle of December so there wasn't much of a crowd. In fact, it was just the three of us. So we started talking and after he told us his story I asked him for a copy of his book which he retrieved from his car and graciously signed.
    He then immediately left the site. I figured that he had probably met his quota for the day. We felt fortunate to have met him, it gave us something of a connection to the locale and its place in hstory.
    It would have been more remarkable if you hadn't run into Ken! :lol: More remarkable still if you'd escaped with an unsigned copy. :D

    He was there just about every day. He passed away in March 2004.

    Exercise Tiger : The Slapton Sands Sherman Tank Memorial Website | Ken Small and the Tank Recovery

    Sherman Tank, Slapton Sands, South Devon | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Slapton Sands Tank - Submerged

    An ambition - not really WW2 related - is to drink in every Church House Inn that exists in South Devon. I'm easily pleased....

    Cheers

    Pete
    My personal favourite is the one in Stoke Gabriel. Don't miss the mummified cat!
     
  20. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    To me. the children appear to be overlooking Blackpool Beach, recognising the steep road climb in the background, going towards Slapton.

    As regards the eviction of civilians from the area,there is a poster notice which can be found in the Queen's Arms at Slapton. It gives notice of a meeting to be chaired by the local landowner,Lord Fortesque to discuss the requirements of the eviction.

    I could not take a photograph of the poster as there was a couple having dinner by the side of the displayed poster.....sometime later perhaps.
     

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