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The Friendly Invasion with Richard Bass World War II Historian

Event Date: 20th January 2021, 19:00

Event Category: Talk / Conference

Location: Virtual

Join World War II Historian Richard Bass as he discovers why the Americans came to Braunton Burrows

During World War II the Braunton Burrows provided ideal conditions for assault training by the American troops preparing for D-Day. Join us and Richard Bass, a World War II historian, for a fascinating look at Braunton’s important role in the war and how remains of the American’s stay are still a visible part of the areas heritage today.

This online event will be presented over Zoom. After Richard’s presentation there will be an interactive Q&A where you will have a chance to pose your questions to the speaker.

About the Speaker

Richard Bass has spent many years researching the links between American forces and the west of England during World War II and uncovered the forgotten history of the U.S. Assault Training Center where troops trained for their spearhead role upon the beaches of Normandy.

Working as a battlefield guide in Normandy and Europe presented the opportunity to gather stories from veterans at first hand resulting in Richard writing several books covering American troops training for D-Day, the day itself and beyond, fighting their way across Europe.

His group – Friends of the Assault Training Center – research, explore and excavate wartime constructions across Braunton Burrows.

Richard recently appeared on Channel 5’s programme ‘Walking Britain’s’ Lost Railways’ North Devon edition.

To book or find out more visit the Braunton Countryside Centre website.