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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27 April 1944. Exercise Tiger. German E-boats intercept rehearsals for the D-Day landings... On a dark night in 1944, a beautiful stretch of the Devon coast became the scene of desperate horror. 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...

This fiasco, in which nearly 1,000 soldiers died, was buried by officials until it was almost forgotten. That is, until Ken Small discovered the story, and decided to dedicate the rest of his life to honouring the brave 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.

This updated edition of a bestselling classic is a gripping tale of wartime disaster and rescue in the words of the soldiers who were there, and of one man's curiosity that turned into a fight to ensure that they would never be forgotten.

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.
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