The Forgotten Dead

The Forgotten Dead

The true story of Exercise Tiger, the disastrous rehearsal for D-Day

General Military
  • Author: Ken Small, Mark Rogerson
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 28 Jun 2018
  • Number of Pages: 256
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27th April 1944. Exercise Tiger. German E-boats intercept rehearsals for the D-Day landings...

One dark night, in 1944, a beautiful stretch of the Devon coast became the scene of murderous horror. The villages around the area had recently been cleared of civilians and had become the focus of intense military activity. Tales began to leak out of night-time explosions and seaborne activity. This was practice for Exercise Tiger, the main rehearsal for the Utah Beach landings...

Ken Small tells a gripping tale of wartime disaster and rescue in the words of the soldiers who were there, and which was buried by officials until it became almost forgotten. But this man's curiosity turned into a fight to honour the memory of nearly 1,000 American soldiers and sailors who died needlessly in one of the great fiascos of World War II.

Biographical Note

Ken Small first discovered the existence of Exercise Tiger after he took up beachcombing in 1969. From there, Ken dedicated the next 35 years of his life to honouring the young men who perished in the disastrous exercise. Pulling a Sherman tank from the seabed, Ken created a memorial to those who died and started to share their story, and his, with the world. The Forgotten Dead was originally published in 1988, bringing both Exercise Tiger and Ken's efforts to light. Ken sadly passed away in 2004 after a long struggle with cancer. Today, people from all over the world travel to Torcross to see Ken's tank and remember the tragedy of Exercise Tiger.Mark Rogerson is a communications specialist and former BBC television journalist. As well as collaborating with Ken Small on The Forgotten Dead, he is the author of Home Banking - A Commercial Proposition? (Lafferty Publications), one of the first examinations of the impact of technology on branch banking and The Dali Scandal (Gollancz), an investigation into the billion dollar world-wide trade in fakes of the Spanish surrealist's work. He lives in southwest France.