Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England




Armistice Day

Slapton Sands Tiger-1

I’ve posted about this spot before

In the early hours of the 28th of April 1944 eight Landing Ship Tanks (LST’s), full of American servicemen were in Lyme Bay, off the coast of Devon, England. Their purpose to take part in Exercise Tiger, the realistic rehearsals for the D-Day landings in Normandy. The night turned into tragedy as a group of patrolling German e-boats discovered and attacked them. At the end of Exercise Tiger 946 American serviceman had lost their lives.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “11.11.11

  1. A few weeks ago, our new cleaner asked me one morning what the plaque in reception was for (she’s from Poland, and her spoken English is good, but she freely admits she doesn’t read it so well). I explained that it’s in remembrance of employees who served in the two world wars, and paid the ultimate price.

    This morning, I wandered in to find her diligently polishing it to a fine sheen, before slipping a poppy into the corner of the frame. Such a sweet gesture from a girl not yet out of her teens.

  2. Their loss was especially tragic. xx

  3. How absolutely wonderful. Made my day today.

  4. That is a very moving image. I always hope that if we tell the true stories, the generations coming along might find some wisdom sooner than we did, if we did . . . if we ever do.

  5. Yes, the image above is really moving. I shall never look at a life buoy the same way again.

  6. There are many conspiracy theories about what might have happened that night, and who it was that really died, and which country they were from etc I once heard an old farm worker who had witnessed the casualties coming ashore on the radio, very interesting indeed!

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