Friends of the Assault Training Center hold the licence to explore and excavate the wartime history of Braunton Burrows. To do this we use aerial photographs taken in 1946 matched to modern maps to pinpoint their locations.
The American made ATC map of 1944 helps identify the training aid number and access to the training schedule confirms usage.
With more than 75 years of blown sand and vegetation growth, uncovering constructions is hard work.
Once a site has been explored and documented, if it is of sufficient interest we erect an information board.
But we do more than that. Organising a beach event for World War II vehicles and re-enactors at Woolacombe to mark the 75thanniversary of the ATC opening led to huge “Devon D-Day” military events at Saunton beach and Braunton Burrows in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and in 2019 FATC participated in North Devon’s events marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.