Braunton is reputedly the largest village in England with a population of around 8,000. It lies on the Atlantic coast in North Devon with the nearest major city being Exeter some 46 miles south-east of the village. Braunton is accessed by road only in the form of the A361 from Barnstaple or from Ilfracombe in the north. The nearest railyway station is in Barnstaple.
Braunton played an important role in World War II thanks to The Burrows; the largest sand dune system in England and nearby beaches of Woolacombe and Saunton. These locations made excellent training facilities as the beaches in particular were very similar to Omaha beach. Even today the dunes and beaches are sometimes used for military training.