During World War II the Braunton Burrows provided ideal conditions for assault training by the American troops preparing for D-Day. Join Richard Bass, World War II Historian, for a fascinating look at Braunton’s important role in the war and how remains of the American’s stay are still a visible part of the areas heritage today.
The tour which starts near Crow Point will cover the history of the American Assault Training Centre, looking at the beach obstacles along the foreshore, the American Road, the concrete landing craft used for training and finishing in a hill climb for a panoramic view to observe places of interest.
The guided tour will take around 3 hours and will include walking over sand dunes and uneven terrain.
About the Guide
Richard Bass has spent many years researching the links between American forces and the west of England during World War II and uncovered the forgotten history of the U.S. Assault Training Center where troops trained for their spearhead role upon the beaches of Normandy.
Working as a battlefield guide in Normandy and Europe presented the opportunity to gather stories from veterans at first hand resulting in Richard writing several books covering American troops training for D-Day, the day itself and beyond, fighting their way across Europe.
His group – Friends of the Assault Training Center – research, explore and excavate wartime constructions across Braunton Burrows.
Richard recently appeared on Channel 5’s programme ‘Walking Britain’s’ Lost Railways’ North Devon edition.
Where to meet:
We will be meeting at the Broadsands carpark at the end of the toll road, Crow Point car park.
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Please remember £2.50 cash for the toll road, and allow time to drive down the road slowly as passing places are limited.
We will be meeting in the middle of the car park for a 2pm start.