"Slapton & Torcross" Slapton by freya_heaven

Slapton Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 55 photos

Slapton & Torcross has a tragic recent history. Tor Cross is the village taken over by the Americans during the Second World War. The huge stretch of pebbly beach Slapton Sands was used in training for the D Day landings.

During practice landings Operation Tiger on April 28th 1944, over 640 American service men were killed by a passing German Torpedo boat when their landing boats were hit. The sea here can be very trecherous & deep, which are other factors for the great loss of life.

The actual village of Slapton is about half a mile inland of the beach.

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  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2005 at 1:22 AM

    This one goes to the top of my sabbatical list ... an interesting piece of history, feeding the birds, Fish n chips for lunch and a nice beach too. Thanks for sharing ... and this sounds much better *lol*

  • grets's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2005 at 2:08 PM

    Fascinating. :-) Thanks.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2005 at 3:28 AM

    A very sad history but a lovely beach. I would love to do some birdwatching here. Another great page, Nicola.

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2005 at 2:01 PM

    Lovely page of Slapton, the birds stood out for me, I just love them. Thanks for sharing.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2004 at 11:53 AM

    Very interesting.

  • kazander's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2004 at 12:09 PM

    Beautiful place. Lots of useful tips for Nudies ;-)

  • MURRA's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2004 at 9:20 AM

    the book is ' the land we left behind ' i bought it while staying on farm at battlesboro cross. good fotos very pleasant area

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 3:13 AM

    A beautiful little page with great photos and lots of very useful information! It reminds me of why I always look forward to visiting England. Very sad about that WW2 incident, but, as the plaque says, they learned a lesson from it for the Big One.

  • kentishgirl's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2004 at 3:31 PM

    Thats a brilliant pic! Did you know you can buy vinyl flooring that looks identical!! LOL

  • MarvintheMartian's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2004 at 2:29 PM

    I did my Geography school coursework here when I was 15! Lovely place!

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