Operation Overlord

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Brixham Breakwater

east side of Brixham Harbour




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Raised
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Bronze Plaque (with raised lettering) on the harbour side (as opposed to the seaward side) of the breakwater with an interpretative board about 30 metres further along the breakwater.
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The original plaque- OPERATION OVERLORD/This slipway was constructed for the embarkation of/troops and equipment of the 4th Infantry of/the VII Corps of the United States 1st Army upon their/departure from this harbour for the D-Day landings./on the beaches of Normandy, Tuesday, 6th June 1944.; The Blue Plaque- BRIXHAM CIVIC SOCIETY/Brixham/WW II Slipways & Hard/Grade II listed in 2009/Built in May 1943 for/US Forces Training Exercises including/Exercise Tiger 26th to 29th April 1944/D Day Landing/2,500 US 4th Infantry and 12 amphibuous DD/tanks embarked from here on 4th June 1944/bound for Utah Beach, followed by/the loading and embarkation of/supply convoys/BRIXHAM TOWN COUNCIL; The Interpretation Board- Brixham's World War II- Slipway and Embarkation Hard/The British Army, Royal Engineers, built the Slipway in May 1943. From here, men from the US Army/4th Infantry Division embarked for UTAH beach (France) for the D-Day landing on 6th June 1944/[picture]/Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the operation that launched the invasion of German-occupied Western/Europe during the Second World War by Allied forces. The operation commenced on 6 June 1944 with the Normandy landings./A 12,000-plane airborne assault preceded an amphibious assault involving almost 7,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the/English Channel on 6 June, more than three million allied troops were in France by the end of August.//For more information on Brixham's part in the D-Day landings and other World War II history, visit/the Brixham Battery Heritage Museum, Fishcombe Road, Brixham TQ5 8RU/Tel 01803 852449 www.brixhambattery.net Entrance is FREE

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