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    Default Allied invasion exercise in Plymouth area on 12.4.1944

    Hi all,

    I am interested in the code name of allied invasion exercise held in the Plymouth area on 12.4.1944.
    Some RAF fighter squadrons were giving a cover to this event but the name of operation is very badly readable in the ORB or is not stated at all.
    I would guess something like Trausch/Trousch/Treusofa?

    Any help will be much appreciated

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Pavel, Hi,
    Try Ex TIGER? This was the Ex on Slapton Sands between 22 - 30 Apr 1944 that went badly wrong. Slapton is only 10nm from Plymouth. German E-boats got in amongst the "invasion fleet" and caused a lot of problems. It is possible that pieces of TIGER were practiced separately before the main Ex, and may have been given names involving TIGER? I'm just guessing, but those dates, the location, and your decrypts all beginning with "T" gives me a very strong smell of rat upon the air (as we might say in UK!!).
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    Have you a few Sqn number examples for us to ponder over with you? We can look at the online ones,
    Anhy of the RCAF Squadrons involved, theirs might be easier to read on the LAC microfilm copies

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    Hi Pete,
    thank you for your reply. I am afraid it must be an another "animal" as the place fits but the dates not:)
    I have seen the description in Form 540 but I have forgot to check the Form 541 - there is written Exercise "Trousers" so the mystery is solved.

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    There were a lot of these exercises prior to D-Day, some small and some large and I came across "Trousers" the other day but forget which unit it was. There were also the dummy invasions of autumn 1943 (e.g. "Starkey") designed to coax enemy forces out of hibernation by appearing to approach the French coast.

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    Hi PNK, when I have indentified the exercise I found quite a lot of sources, one interesting account is for example here:

    https://www.nevilshute.org/Misc/exercisetrousers.pdf

    The army units were from 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.

    There are also some interesting files in TNA:

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...rcise+trousers

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