Exercise Tiger: A series of operations off the South Devon coast in the spring of 1944, rehearsing for the forthcoming D-Day landings. Shrouded in mystery, one of these exercises ended in disaster for over 600 young American servicemen, as their operation was discovered by a patrol of German e-boats, which attacked, leaving two LSTs sunk and one badly damaged. The secret nature of these exercises, some claimed, led to a military cover-up and many families were not immediately informed of the nature of the deaths of their loved-ones. Over the months that followed, D-Day came and went, the war ended and there seemed little point in raking over this sorry affair.
Exercise Tiger became a forgotten chapter in the annals of the Second World War. Using archive documents and images, this book recounts the history and personal accounts behind this tragic event, as well as examining the many subsequent conspiracy theories and exploring the evidence behind them.
Wendy Lawrance was born and grew up in Surrey, attending school in Esher where she developed an early interest in English Literature, especially that of the First World War. After twenty years running her own business in the graphic design industry, Lawrance decided to fulfil her life’s ambition and become a writer, which she has now been doing professionally for over ten years, becoming a recognised academic authority on First World War literature in which she has published over fifty titles. Lawrance lives near the beautiful West Sussex coast with her husband, grown-up daughter and teenage son.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations: 75 b/w photographs