Friday, June 7, 2019
D-Day 75th Anniversary: Dress Rehearsal Was a Disaster
5. A D-DAY DRESS REHEARSAL WAS A FIASCO.
Two months before D-Day, Allied forces conducted a disastrous dress rehearsal of the Normandy invasion on an evacuated English beach called Slapton Sands. Known as "Exercise Tiger," 749 U.S. troops lost their lives after a fleet of German E-Boats caught wind of the mock invasion and torpedoed American tank landing ships.
Survivors described the "Exercise Tiger" fiasco as more terrifying than the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach.