NEAPTIDE PROJECTS

(Salcombe) Ltd

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Neaptide Projects Ltd


The Studio at Myrana, Drake Road, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8GE, United Kingdom

Telephome: +44 (0)1548 843329

E Mail: david@neaptide.co.uk

Copyright © Neaptide Projects (Salcombe) Ltd. All rights reserved 2010
THE FIELDS OF THYME

THE SLAPTON LINE


Between The English Channel & The Ley

AN EXERCISE ON SLAPTON BEACH

Early 1944

(Courtesy of The Imperial War Museum)

THE WAR MEMORIAL AT SLAPTON

To Honour those who perished during the Exercise Tiger tragedy of 27th / 28th April 1944,

SAINT MICHAEL & ALL SAINTS CHURCH, STOKENHAM

Where the story begins in November 1943

THE ROAD TO SLAPTON BEACH


Early 1944 (Courtesy of The Imperial War Museum)

SLAPTON BEACH PROFILE

 A school girl’s homework

(Courtesy Mrs Shirley Leather nee Cocks)

THE EXCLUSION ZONE

As from 20th December 1943 coastal land between Blackpool Sands and Beesands, then inland to include Slapton, Frogmore, Blackawton, Chilington, Sherford, East Allington and Stokenham, was annexed to enable the Allies to carry out military exercises - sometimes using live ammunition. (Courtesy of The Imperial War Museum)

SO THEIR CHILDREN AND FUTURE INNOCENTS MIGHT HAVE PEACE and

LIVE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE – The Devon Large Blue Butterfly (Courtesy of Professor Matthew Oates, The National Trust)

ALTHOUGH BATTLES RAGED ABROAD, THERE WAS A VITAL AND PRO – ACTIVE CIVILIAN LIFE AT HOME, AS FOLKS WORKED THE FIELDS, WENT ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS AND SHOWED OFF THE BEST OF BRITISH ENGINEERING!

IN KINGSBRIDGE, DODBROOKE MARKET REMAINED THE CENTRE OF THE LOCAL FARMING COMMUNITY.

(Courtesy of The Cookworthy Museum)

MEANTIME, THE AMERICANS (AND OTHER ALLIED FORCES) ARRIVED IN THEIR ‘THOUSANDS’ TO TRANSFORM THE LANDSCAPE AND INTRODUCE NEW CULTURES, (Courtesy of The Imperial War Museum),


Plus -


A BRAVADO AND CONFIDENCE TOTALLY ALIEN TO THE BRITISH ‘RESERVE’ - ‘Hi Ya Honey!


And our -


WAY OF LIFE! (Courtesy of The Cookworthy Museum)

Overbecks - The National Trust

THE FORMER SALCOMBE HOTEL WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE SEABEES WHO WOULD SHOW EXTRAORDINARY SKILLS IN EVERY FORM OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, SO THE ALLIES COULD FUNCTION WITH OPTIMUM BACK UP AND RESOURCES. THEY BUILT EVERYTHING FROM HARDS (AS STILL EVIDENT AT WHITESTRAND, SALCOMBE), TO PONTOONS, PIPELINE AND FUEL FACILITIES, AND THEN STORAGE DEPOTS, TANK FARMS AND OFFSHORE CARGO AND DOCKING FACILITIES, PIERS AND BREAKWATERS. (Information courtesy of The Department of The Navy – Naval Historical Center, Washington DC)

WITH THE GERMAN U. BOATS LESS OF A THREAT IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC, VAST STOCKS OF WAR PARAPHENALIA COULD BE SHIPPED OVER.

(Courtesy of The Imperial War Museum)

FINALLY THEY LEFT FOR NORMANDY ON 6th JUNE 1944, CROSSING THE BAR


To


DO IT FOR REAL’ (Courtesy of The Imperial War Museum)

AND ALL BECAME ‘AWESOME QUIET’

PILL BOXES WERE TUCKED AWAY, EVEN AS BADGERS ORGANISED THEIR OWN HIDEOUTS AND CARRIED ON REGARDLESS,


As  


THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AND ALLIED CREWS ‘KEPT AN EYE OUT’ ALONG THE COAST’ (Courtesy of Stephen Mullen).

Picture Board

These website images will hopefully stimulate the minds of those who were in the South Hams during this troubled period, whether as civilians or with the military, whilst for those not around at the time, we offer them as a glimpse in to the way lives were led in that mock theatre of war.

Neaptide Projects Ltd


The Studio at Myrana, Drake Road, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8GE, United Kingdom

Telephome: +44 (0)1548 843329

E Mail: david@neaptide.co.uk

Copyright © Neaptide Projects (Salcombe) Ltd. All rights reserved 2010

THE FIELDS OF THYME

Now Available to order in

The Neaptide Shop


Publication Date: Saturday 29th June 2013

(see book launch at Overbecks)


A wartime drama set around Slapton Ley and the Salcombe Estuary in South Devon, England.

£ 12.00

Large blue Butterfly © Colin Knight

Airial cover photo: Trevor Burrows Photography

THE FIELDS OF THYME SOUND TRACK

£3.50(Inc’ P&P in UK)