THE Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £23,800 to tell a little known story. The full story of how American troops were trained for the largest amphibious assault in history - the D-Day Landings - will be told for the first time by a project

THE Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £23,800 to tell a little known story.

The full story of how American troops were trained for the largest amphibious assault in history - the D-Day Landings - will be told for the first time by a project led by Braunton and District Museum in cooperation with Braunton School and Community College and historian Richard T Bass.

As part of the project, students from the school will interview local peopleto provide an oral history to be held at the museum.

They will also research the stories of individual soldiers which were chosen at random from those who were trained at the Assault Training Centre, the headquarters of which was at Woolacombe.

Fieldwork on Braunton Burrows and the beaches of Normandy will also be undertaken, supervised by Mr Bass who has spent more than 20 years looking into Braunton's "Hidden" history.