The Forgotten Dead: Why 946 American Servicemen Died Off the Coast of Devon in 1944 - and The Man Who Discovered Their True Story - Ken Small with Mark RogersonLondon: Bloomsbury, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owner's address lable to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Signed by the author, with a short dedication, on the first blank along with a “Ken Small” post card — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.
From the cover: “On April 28, 1944, a rehearsal for the D-Day landings off England’s Devon coast went terribly wrong. A series of blunders allowed German E-boats to intercept the convoy of landing ships, and 946 Americans — many of them young and untrained — lost their lives.
Yet until the publication of The Forgotten Dead, the true scale of this tragedy had never before come to light. This is the story of one man and his obsession to honour the memory of the 946 American soldiers who died needlessly that night. In the early 1970s, Ken Small, a hotelier, began beachcombing along Slapton Sands, near his hotel. He soon discovered unexpended bullets, U. S. dollars, and the personal possessions of U. S. servicemen. Gradually, he pieced together the events of that night and began the struggle to erect a memorial to honour the dead soldiers. This is the story of how he fought governments on both sides of the Atlantic to uncover the truth.”