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WW1 history buff builds his own trenches and invites people to live like soldiers

Post by Guest on Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:37 am

As the centenary of the end First World War approaches, people across the nation will embark on solemn commemorations to ensure the greatest sacrifice of a generation is never forgotten. One man, in a field near Canterbury, has devised what may prove to be the most unique project among them, after building a full-scale trench network to allow the public to experience life on the Western Front.

Andy Robertshaw, a military historian who specialises in the First World War, has spent 18 months and around £8,000 transforming a one-acre plot of Kent farmland into a realistic recreation of British and German trenches. He now plans to invite members of the public to spend 48 hours on site, giving them a small insight into the reality of conditions faced by young soldiers.




https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/04/ww1-history-buff-builds-trenches-invites-people-live-like-soldiers/

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Post by Vintage on Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:01 pm

Great idea. I think it could make people really think what it was like, the accommodation looks a bit clean though, I'm sure it could be educational.
As the man says experience it without the bullets, barrages, mud, trench foot, fleas, rats and lice.

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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:05 pm

Vintage wrote:Great idea. I think it could make people really think what it was like, the accommodation looks a bit clean though, I'm sure it could be educational.
As the man says experience it without the bullets, barrages, mud, trench foot, fleas, rats and lice.  


I agree I think it would be great for educational secondary school trips as well

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Post by Vintage on Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:16 pm

yes, I'm sure young people would enjoy that as a school trip.

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