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Exercise Smash 80th Anniversary

Join us as we commemorate the 80th anniversary of Exercise Smash. We'll be welcoming the world's last working DD Valentine tank.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event

Eighty years ago large parts of Studland were taken over by the Ministry of Defence. Studland, identified as a possible invasion site and chosen because of its similarity to the beaches of Normandy was used for Exercise Smash. Around 10,000 men were involved in this live fire exercise. This included testing the amphibious Duplex Drive Valentine Tank where tragically six men would lose their lives. The lessons learned at Studland would directly impact the events on D-Day. It is a great honour for National Trust Studland to commemorate this most important moment in history. Join us to learn about the tanks as they were then and now.

There will be more details and information on timings to follow. Please keep an eye on our website and our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram.

Times

The basics

Suitability

Only over 18s will be able to purchase a raffle ticket.

Meeting point

To be confirmed. Please keep an eye on our website and our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram.

Accessibility

Mixed and uneven terrain throughout. Designated accessible parking. Accessible toilets at Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and Shell Bay.

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