Practice WW1 battlefield discovered at Gosport MoD site

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Practice WW1 battlefield discovered at Gosport MoD site

A replica World War One battlefield where soldiers trained in trench warfare before being sent to the front has been discovered in Hampshire.

Two sets of opposing trench systems, with a no man’s land between them, were found beneath heathland at the Ministry of Defence’s Browndown site in Gosport.

Gosport Council’s conservation officer Rob Harper spotted the trenches on a 1950s aerial photograph recently.

Armed forces volunteers are now helping to map and record the battlefield site.

The size of 17 football pitches, each trench system had a 200m long (660ft) front line, supply trenches and dug outs.

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