The Forgotten Dead: Why 946 American Servicemen Died Off the Coast of Devon in 1944---And the Man Who Discovered Their True Story

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On April 28, 1944, a rehearsal for the D-Day landings off England's Devon coast went terribly wrong. A series of blunders allowed German E-boats to intercept the convoy of landing ships, and 946 Americans-many of them young and untrained-lost their lives. Yet until the publication of The Forgotten Dead, the true scale of this tragedy had never before come to light. This is the story of one man and his obsession to honor the memory of the 946 American soldiers who died needlessly that night. In the early 1970s, Ken Small, a hotelier, began beachcombing along Slapton Sands, near his hotel. He soon discovered unexpended bullets, U.S. dollars, and the personal possessions of U.S. servicemen. Gradually, he pieced together the events of that night and began the struggle to erect a memorial to honor the dead soldiers. This is the story of how he fought governments on both sides of the Atlantic to uncover the truth.

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Ken Small first discovered the existence of Exercise Tiger after he took up beachcombing in 1969. From there, Ken dedicated the next 35 years of his life to honouring the young men who perished in the disastrous exercise. Pulling a Sherman tank from the seabed, Ken created a memorial to those who died and started to share their story, and his, with the world. The Forgotten Dead was originally published in 1988, bringing both Exercise Tiger and Ken's efforts to light. Ken sadly passed away in 2004 after a long struggle with cancer. Today, people from all over the world travel to Torcross to see Ken's tank and remember the tragedy of Exercise Tiger. Mark Rogerson is a communications specialist and former BBC television journalist. As well as collaborating with Ken Small on The Forgotten Dead, he is the author of Home Banking - A Commercial Proposition? (Lafferty Publications), one of the first examinations of the impact of technology on branch banking and The Dali Scandal (Gollancz), an investigation into the billion dollar world-wide trade in fakes of the Spanish surrealist's work. He lives in southwest France.

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