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Places to visit in Devon & Cornwall of military interest?


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There's quite a lot of WW2 history in the area as troops trained and embarked in the area.  There are concrete landing craft at Braunton Burrows which the US troops used to practice embarkation and disembarkation.  Slapton Sands in south Devon was the site of the disaster of Exercise Tiger when 750 US servicemen died during a training exercise.

There is the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Museum in Bodmin (and a steam railway) and private museums at Cobbaton and Davidstowe.

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If you're going to Slapton stop off in Dartmouth.

The castle, although small, has an 18th Century gun battery and WW2 emplacement on top. There is also a civil war battery on the hill above. Over the Dart there is a well preserved coastal defence battery at Frorward Point and theres a preserved/restored battery in Brixham (not far away) and the Napoleonic forts on Berry Head just outside the town.

If Cornwall is more to your liking Falmouth and the Camel estuary is worth exploring. Theres the castles at St Mawes and Pendennis (Falmouth) and another coastal battery at St Anthony just round from St Mawes.

Pendennis has a selection of artillery pieces preserved that have been used in coastal defence including WW2 pieces.

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