America's Secret D-Day Disaster
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Six weeks before D Day, nearly 700 Americans were lost in one night, in friendly waters within sight of the English coast, during a top secret rehearsal for D-Day.
England was a massive training camp for the Allied Forces, and Exercise Tiger is one the largest in a series of full-scale dress rehearsals for the invasion of Europe. Many of the men had little or no combat experience.
During Exercise Tiger two of these ships were sunk and one damaged by German torpedoes. The huge death toll was at that time one of the costliest since Pearl Harbor. But survivors were ordered to remain silent, in this tense atmosphere of the run up to D-day.
This film talks to some of the handful of living survivors. Each offers a searing testament of the chaos and horror of that night. We test the Army issue life belt that many say contributed to unnecessary deaths. And we reveal the truth behind the conspiracy myths surrounding the disaster.