American D-Day Troops Remembered With Art Piece at Devon Beach in UK

Artist Martin Barraud working on an installation of 749 pairs of bootprints at Slapton Sands, Devon
Artist Martin Barraud working on an installation of 749 pairs of bootprints at Slapton Sands, Devon

Unsung American D-Day troops killed by Nazis in British waters as they rehearsed for the momentous landings have been remembered in a poignant art installation.

Bootprints of 749 GIs have been laid out on Slapton Sands, in Devon, to mark the 75th anniversary of Exercise Tiger, the secret mission to prepare for the Allied invasion of Normandy.

The troops were killed on April 28 when a Royal Navy convoy carrying them was attacked by E-boats from Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine.

Artist Martin Barraud created the installation which was unveiled by the Remembered charity and will raise money for veteran employment projects.

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SOURCE: itv