Beach invasion marks 70th anniversary of D-Day training school
An invasion of Woolacombe beach has helped mark 70 years since the founding of a US training centre in the village.
The event saw living historians from across the country descend on the beach to take part in a range of displays, from landmine clearance to the mock beach invasion.
Established in September 1943, the US Army Assault Training Centre used the beach to teach and train American infantry the tactics of amphibious assault in preparation for D-Day.
Nigel Worth, one of the organisers, said he had been surprised by the turnout and hoped that it had made more people aware of the centre.
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He said: "We opened up the landing craft on the hour every hour for people to come in, but they have just merged together. There are just so many people wanting to have a look inside and have their picture taken."
Despite long delays, the crowds remained out for the feature event on Saturday, which saw members of three living history groups take part in the storming of the beach – complete with pyrotechnics.
Nigel said: "I would just like to thank everyone who took part and made it such a huge success – but especially Braunton museum which helped secure the funding to make this possible."
The weekend events included a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday before a flypast by vintage aircraft.