Blimey seeing those photos of Blackpool beach brings back memories of an exercise we did back in 1987 or 1988. We went down to Dartmouth on the Friday night, boarded some wooden motorboats crewed by chaps from the college & chugged around to Blackpool Sands to do a beach landing. It felt more like Gallipoli that anything from WW2 in those boats. We charged up the beach (one of our other companies was the enemy) cleared them from the woods then sent up patrol bases nearby. Great fun. I was asked to do a painting of it to give the land-owner, bet he thought it was crap & threw it away.