North Devon is marking the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy with a host of events this summer.

14,000 US troops moved through North Devon for training in the run up to D-Day on June 6, 194414,000 US troops moved through North Devon for training in the run up to D-Day on June 6, 1944

Devon D-Day will in particular commemorate the presence of 10,000 American GIs in the region as they trained in preparation for the invasion on June 6, 1944 during World War Two.

North Devon's coast, estuaries and dunes was known as the Assault Training Center, whose history and remains such as a concrete landing craft at Braunton Burrows are preserved by the Friends of the Assault Training Center.

A huge range of activities, exhibitions, displays and events is being held throughout May and June onwards.

It includes a World War Two Heritage Trail linking towns, villages, coastal heritage sites and museums, enabling visitors to tour all of the important wartime locations - booklets are available from museums and tourist information centres.

Keep an eye out for characters dressed as American servicemen at various North Devon locations as part of the Over Here project, seen here at Victoria Park, Bideford. Picture: Simon ElleryKeep an eye out for characters dressed as American servicemen at various North Devon locations as part of the Over Here project, seen here at Victoria Park, Bideford. Picture: Simon Ellery

And keep an eye out for the 'GI ghosts' around the region as part of the Over Here theatre project by Multi Story.

One of the centerpieces will be the Saunton D-Day event on June 15-16, a two day living history event as Saunton Sands is invaded by period aircraft, vehicles, living history re-enactors and large scale battle displays.

Wartime and D-Day exhibitions are being held through the summer at Braunton, Woolacombe and Mortehoe, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin museums, as well as Appledore Maritime Museum and Northam Burrows Centre.

The programme has been funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional financial support from North Devon Council, North Devon Coast AONB Sustainable Development Fund and North Devon Marketing Bureau.

Saunton Sands will be packed with vehicles and living history on June 15-16 to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Picture: Tony GussinSaunton Sands will be packed with vehicles and living history on June 15-16 to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Picture: Tony Gussin

Other events include a D-Day History Walk on June 6 at Northam, Burrows at 2pm, a 75th anniversary memorial service at St Brannocks Church in Braunton at 11am on the same day, followed a wreath laying on Braunton Burrows at 11.50am (meet at Crow Point car park).

The Royal British Legion is holding a 75th Anniversary Dinner and Dance at Braunton Parish Hall on June 15 at 7pm - 1940s costume and big band music.

An art exhibition called Aftermath of War by the late Brian Chugg and showcasing his paintings of decaying North Devon beach defences is being toured around local museums by the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon this summer.

Pick up programme leaflets at outlets around the area including museums and TICs, or visit the Devon D-Day Facebook page for more information.