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Report - Copehill Down - FIBUA Site

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Idavoll, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. Idavoll

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    One nice thing about living on Salisbury Plain is that over the Christmas period you can escape the family time and go look around Imber, However over the years Imber has become less of a derelict town and more of just empty shells of buildings. So this year I went to Copehill Down.

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    Copehill Down is a UK Ministry of Defence training facility located east of Imber, just south of Tilshead. Unlike Imber which was a village which was taken by the military, Copehill was never built to house people. Its sole purpose was to be used in training. It is what's known as a 'FIBUA' (Fighting In Built Up Areas) site for urban warfare and Close quarters battle training centre where exercises and tests are conducted.

    The village was built in 1988 to resemble a German village in Bavaria, to provide troops with a simulated backdrop when training for operations in European theatres including the Cold War, the Balkans and Northern Ireland. Though over time the buildings have been changed and adapted for different situations.

    In recent years the facility has been expanded to include a shanty town made up of cargo containers stacked and laid out in rows of tightly packed streets, to provide an additional training area that more closely resembles the Army's operational theatres in Operation Herrick and Operation Telic.

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    The shanty town is a nice addition to the village of Copehill Down.

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    St. Judes church - the patron saint of lost causes which I felt was rather apt. All the graves are fake.

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    The local school/mosque.

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    Thanks for looking.
     

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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Haha nice one, keeps subtly changing that place does.
     
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    Not bad this :thumb like exploring something abandoned, but knowing that it's been built like this...
     
  4. Oort

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    I take it the Heras fencing has now been removed?
     
  5. Idavoll

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    No heras, lots of razor wire. Though access is easy.
     
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    Can we have a zombie fancy dress Christmas meet here next year please?
     
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    very brave of you to do this... i'm sure Oort would had told you at some point during the year about our experience at Copehill about this time last year. Basically chucked off by an angry uniformed guard within a few minutes. The Heras fencing went up a couple of days after our visit.
     
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    I did mention it yes. Still good to know its doable again as I wouldn't mind another wander around without the escorting services of Captain Mainwaring.
     
  9. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    A special place this one for me - I lost my secca virginity here. But expressed like that, that sounds a bit wrong.
     
  10. Oort

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    Lol mine too, I remember being quite excited about it after the event, to everyone elses annoyance.
     
  11. Idavoll

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    May have gotten lucky as I visited on Christmas Eve and again on Boxing Day - the lights were still on in the tower and the first aid room but I drove straight up to the place and went in - no one chased me off so I just got on with it. That said there's a few few cameras spotted around the place so if anyone is looking at the footage they may find footage of me meandering around eating a Snickers at a later date.
     
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