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Pierre  (Level: 189.0 - Posts: 24)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 6:24 PM


Today we did something a bit different, only 20 miles away but worth a mention. There is a village called Imber in the middle of Salisbury Plain (For non-uk folks Salisbury Plain is where Stonehenge is, but also huge amounts of that area are owned by the Ministry of Defence and there are lots of live firing ranges for tanks & stuff). The residents of this village were kicked out in 1943 "for six months" so the UK and American armies could practice for D Day. The residents never got back. The army open up the roads across the firing ranges a few times a year, and Easter is one of those times. The church is still standing and is in quite a good state of repair, but most of the original buildings have either fallen down or been destroyed. I heard there was a big push back in the 60's to get the village back but the army destroyed a lot of the buildings at that time so they could claim it wasn't worth getting back. The army has also built several modern buildings to practice house-to-house fighting in. If you're interested in reading more, see


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