The American Forces at Salcombe and Slapton during World War II

Decades have passed since American combat troops used Slapton Sands and the neighbouring countryside for the full scale rehearsal exercise in preparation for the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, which led to the eventual collapse of Hitler's Germany and peace in Europe.  

This area of coast and land was selected as one of a series of training grounds which, in this case, was used because it closely resembled the landing beach, code named Utah, situated on the Cherbourg peninsula.  The American forces stationed in Devon and Cornwall were known as U Force and were part of a much larger invading force which landed on five points on the 6th June 1944.