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Apologies for absence but the past 48 hours have been rather stressful. I’m not going to go into details right now, just the concept of a nearly 20 year-old cat – and vets…

Our stress levels are starting to subside now but I’m having another night off so without further ado – here’s the picture of the day. I have a huge queue of scanned slides waiting to be edited at the moment and this is one of them. I took this picture of a recovered World War 2 ‘Sherman’ tank at Slapton Sands, Devon on the 31st July 1994. It commemorates one of the great secrets of World War 2. The Slapton Sands area was evacuated of civilians during the war as it was used as a secret training area for the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. During one such exercise disaster struck as on the 28th April 1944 German E-Boats attacked a fully-equipped convoy training for the landings, killing 700 men. You can find details of the events here.

The tank was lost at sea during the attack and recovered in 1984 after secrecy about the attack was lifted. It was installed by the sands in Torcross as a memorial to all those who lost their lives.

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