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Royal Navy unveil WW2 cliff assault memorial
12:00pm Tuesday 20th May 2014 in Devon
THE Royal Navy’s amphibious assault troops will unveil a memorial plaque on cliffs and demonstrate their daring abseiling methods after arrival by landing craft at an event next week.
The Royal Marines mountain leaders based at Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, near Exmouth, are staging the dynamic event to the general public commemorating their wartime training connection with Sennen, near Penzance, Cornwall, on Saturday May 24.
The action takes place next to Sennen Cove where Army and Royal Marines Commando units first practised their vertical cliff assault techniques to allow them to conduct raids into occupied Europe during World War Two.
These techniques were used by the Commando units on D-Day in 1944. The climbing routes are still used by Royal Marines and civilian climbers.
At the plaque unveiling on top of Sennen Cliffs, Colonel Kevin Oliver, Three Commando Brigade Deputy Commander, will give an opening address followed by a representative from the National Trust.
Then a team of six mountain leaders will be landed by assault craft and scale the cliffs followed by an abseil back down the cliffs.
During this there will be a running commentary to inform spectators what is happening, which will also describe the historical link between the Royal Marines and the area.
The mountain leaders will then be available to talk to members of the public. Supporting attractions include display of historical and modern climbing equipment, an unarmed combat display from the Royal Marines Display Team; a catering display showing the latest rations and a medical demonstration showing children how to apply bandages.
The event will take place between 12.30 pm and 5 pm with the cliff assault being between 1.30 pm and 2.15 pm.
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