North Devon's role in training troops for the D Day landings is the subject of forthcoming talk at Barnstaple Library by local author Richard Bass, who will cover the progress of the entire plan from an idea right through to D Day. In 1943, the North De

North Devon's role in training troops for the D Day landings is the subject of forthcoming talk at Barnstaple Library by local author Richard Bass, who will cover the progress of the entire plan from an idea right through to D Day. In 1943, the North Devon coast was selected as the site of a specialist Assault Training Centre for troops. Richard has researched what effect this had on the area, the planned assault and what actually happened.He will also be presenting a short DVD showing some of the training exercises in 1943. Richard Bass said: "North Devon's role in achieving the success of D Day for the Americans was significant. Indeed if it wasn't for the beaches and dunes of Devon the casualties would have been much higher. My talk will cover characters, disasters and comic events."Richard will be accompanied by a 're-enactor' dressed in war-time uniform who will bring along weapons, dummy explosives and rations to show everyone and bring the events to life. Executive Member for Culture, Councillor Sheila Hobden, said: "All in all it will be a fascinating evening which will be of interest both to members of historical societies and groups as well as anyone interested in the history of the local area."Local Member for Barnstaple North, Cllr Brian Greenslade, said: "This is a fascinating period of North Devon history. Many local people are still aware of it and there is a roadway near the Braunton Burrows still referred to as the American Road. Subsequent to this period of the 20th century the beach and the burrows have formed settings for wartime films giving credence to its former use."Richard Bass will be giving his talk at Barnstaple Library on Wednesday, July 23 at 7.30p.m. Photographers and journalists are very welcome to attend.Tickets are available from Barnstaple Library or telephone 01271 388593. Price £2.50 (including refreshments).