British exercise tests Canadian Command
9th March 1943: Exercise "Spartan' has tanks advancing through villages across a wide area of southern England
Plans for the invasion of occupied Europe were now advancing in Britain. Although much remained to be decided, the long-term objective of the Allies was to strike, over land, at the heart of Germany itself.
In preparation for this, the largest offensive military exercise ever undertaken in Britain was mounted in the first half of March 1943. Large numbers of tanks were involved in making an 'armoured thrust' across the south of England. Bridges that had been 'destroyed by the enemy' were replaced with temporary military structures.
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