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EXPERIENCE TRENCH LIFE FIRST HAND AT THE CVHF
VISITORS to the Chalke Valley History Festival this week can experience first hand what life was actually like in a trench during World War I.
Pike and Shot Events Ltd has constructed an above ground replica of a trench similar to those inhabited by soldiers on the Western Front exactly 100 years ago. Features include a traditional zig zag construction which helped to save lives in the event of a bombardment, an officer’s dugout, a front line and firing step area, from where snipers operated and men went ‘over the top’, plus Dolby sound effects, including machine gun fire. There is even a surprise for visitors at the conclusion of each tour.
“Of course we can’t replicate everything,” said John Winder of Pike & Shot Tours & Events. “The trenches would have contained body parts and debris, such as tin cans, that was literally shovelled over the top. However, as you walk through our trench you can feel the tension, not least in the ‘slaughter points’ as the Germans are holding the high ground.”
Trench experience tours will run throughout the week and at the weekend and are sponsored by the Foundations of Archaeology Project at Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Many tours are already fully booked, so log on to www.programme.cvhf.org.uk for more information.
The Cranborne Chase AONB marquee is next door to the trench. Find out about the AONB’s beautiful landscapes via interactive displays and pop up talks. More information will be available on this website later in the week about the various pop up talks available.
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