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Swansea memorial to American D-Day veterans
BBC Wales News ^ | 2nd November 2012 | Charlotte Dubenskij

Posted on 11/08/2012 2:17:44 AM PST by the scotsman

'A memorial has been unveiled in memory of the thousands of American soldiers who lived and trained across Swansea in preparation for the D-Day landings.

For a few months in 1943 and 1944, GIs from across the Atlantic set up camp in Mumbles, Caswell Bay and Newton.

Combat engineers took part in training for the beach landings in northern France.

The memorial was unveiled at Newton Village Hall.

There were about 50,000 US soldiers in south Wales before D-Day on 6 June 1944 - a pivotal moment of World War II.

The training on the south Wales beaches was seen as vital for the 42,000 troops who left the Bristol Channel ports, with more than 6,000 vehicles, for Normandy.'

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