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History Coursework I have been investigating the question 'can the D-Day slipways play a significant role in the development of Torquay's heritage industry?' To answer this question I have been studying many things such as the war, D-Day and Torquay's slipways. Firstly, I have learned about a few turning points that took place in the war such as the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, the work of the code breakers and D-Day. I have found out that they all happened to stop Germany from winning the war. They are turning points because they turned around the way that the war was so each time the country winning the war changed. The battle of Britain took place because Hitler wanted to conquer Britain. He decided that he would first have to destroy the R.A.F. Also, Winston Churchill would not give up. So, the Luftwaffe attacked British ships in the channel. In the middle of august, the Luftwaffe attacked British airfields. Not many planes were destroyed but runways were damaged so that the planes could not take off. Although the planes could be replaced, as time went on, many R.A.F pilots were killed and they could not be replaced, so the Luftwaffe were winning the battle. ...read more.

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Secondly, I studied D-Day. D-Day was a very significant day because it was the most important day of the 20th century and it stopped Germany from winning the war. Preparations for this day were for the British and American armies to put up a second front by attacking France, as Stalin, the Russian leader thought this would force Germany to send soldiers to France and make it easier for the Russian army to defeat Germany in Eastern Europe. Another preparation for D-Day was building mulberries which are floating landing ports. They were built as Normandy had no channel o France. D-Day began on the 6th June 1944. The American commander of all the Allied forces, Eisenhower, gave the go ahead for the day with the simple order 'Let's go!' After the go ahead, the Allies made their attack on the beaches of Normandy. This took the Germans completely by surprise as they thought the Allies were going to attack Calais. Even after the first landings in Normandy, Hitler still believed they would attack Calais as the real battle, so he held back 500 tanks. ...read more.

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The redevelopment of the site has emphasised the significance of the slipways as now more people notice that they are there so more people take a look at them. The plaque does not show the significance though. I think more could be done. I think a new plaque should be made with less, but more interesting writing. Also, there could be pictures of the slipways while they were being used on the plaque. My conclusion and answer to the question 'Are the D-Day slipways a significant part of Torquay's heritage?' is that yes they are. They may not mean much, if anything to some local people, but to others it is something that they do not want to see be forgotten about, or destroyed. I think the significance of Torquay's slipways only go to the extent of being locally significant, but there may be people nationally and internationally that are interested in them. I personally don't think that greater significance should be given to them in the future because in the future the people that fought and lived in the war won't be here, and I think that they are the people the slipways mean most to now, so in the future, the slipways won't mean so much to anyone. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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