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Exercise Fabius was a formal exercise for Operation Neptune.[1] (The other was Exercise Tiger, which had occurred a week earlier.)[2]

The exercise was planned to start on 2 May 1944, but bad weather delayed it to the next day.[1]

It consisted of six separate exercises:[1]

  1. Fabius 1 - elements of the 1st Infantry Division and 29th Infantry Division (United States) practiced amphibious landing at Slapton Sands.[1]
  1. Fabius 2 - elements of the 50th Infantry Division practiced landings at Hayling Island.[1]
  1. Fabius 3 - elements of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division practiced landings at Bracklesham Bay.[1]
  1. Fabius 4 - elements of the 3rd Infantry Division and associated units practiced landing at Littlehampton.[1]
  1. Fabius 5 and 6 - practice for American and British forces working on buildup of forces and supplies on Allied beaches.[1]

They formed the largest amphibious training exercise of the war.[1] As the final exercise before Operation Neptune, it resembled closely the final operation and no major changes could be made to Operation Neptune.[1][3]

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