Prelude to D-Day : Devon's Role in the Storming of Hitler's Europe

From official British and American records and 250 photographs, maps and illustrations, Gerald Wasley reveals the detailed military planning and months of training undertaken by thousands of troops in the lead up to the D-Day landings.

In November 1943, the authorities announced that an area of over 18,500 acres in South Devon was to be evacuated to allow realistic battle training, leading to the evacuation of over 3,000 residents just five days before Christmas.

The author portrays life in Devon before the war and the changes brought about during the early years.  He covers the choice of training areas


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