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Dartmouth - Britannia Royal Naval College & the ‘Forgotten Heroes of D-Day

Dartmouth is not only home to the Royal Navy from its very earliest days but also the ideal stepping off point for a look at some of the less talked about aspects of the D-Day landings.

Join your local guide today for a visit to Slapton Sands, site of one of the most unfortunate episodes to take place in the build up to the D-Day operations. Hear a D-Day expert explain the significance of this remote stretch of beach and visist the Memorial given by the United States to the local inhabitants in gratitude for them evacuating their homes to make way for war wounded. Continue to Torcross to see one of the Sherman tanks brought up from the beach.

Afterwards, enjoy a specially arranged visit to Britannia Royal Naval College. Dartmouth’s isolation has over the years, provided an ideal spot to prepare young men for Naval service, dating back to 1863. In 1872 the Prince of Wales sent his two sons to be trained at the college starting a tradition to be followed by the Royal family ever since. It was here that the present Queen first met Prince Philip, when as Princess Elizabeth she came with her parents to the Passing Out Parade.

The College’s small yet fine Museum has collected together many pictures and artefacts showing the history of BRNC from its beginnings in 1863 as two vessels moored in the River Dart, through the opening in 1905 of today's College and makes for a fascinating visit.

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