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Report - STANTA Battle Area, Norfolk.

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Left4Dead, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. Left4Dead

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    Had an unguided tour around STANTA battle area on 27/03/11. Wasn't able to get off the trailor I was being taken around on, so couldn't have as good a look around as I'd have liked. All shots were taken while on the move, so apologies for quality.

    A little History - Stanford Battle Area, also known as the Stanford Training Area (STANTA), is a British Army infantry training area situated in the English county of Norfolk. The area is approximately 30,000 acres (120 km2) in size.
    The area was originally established in 1942 when a battle training area was required. Military exercises were already known in the area; tanks had trained at Thetford in the First World War. The complete takeover involved the evacuation of the villages of Buckenham Tofts, Langford, Stanford, Sturston, Tottington and West Tofts.
    In 2009 a 12.5-acre (51,000 m2) village designed to replicate an Afghan village was added to the Battle Area for the training of troops deployed in support of the War in Afghanistan. The site, built at a cost of £14 million, is state of the art and manned by ex-Gurkha soldiers and amputees from the charity Amputees for Action, to simulate locals and wounded soldiers. The village includes houses, a market and a mosque, It also features a system that pumps out smells like rotten meat and sewage.
    The battle area includes 4 historic churches, the one at West Tofts having been restored by Pugin, and a new "church" that forms part of the specially constructed village of Eastmere. Eastmere was originally built to give soldiers experience of fighting on the northern European plains. There is a short landing strip for Harrier aircraft.
    As a live firing area, access is not allowed without special permission from the Army.


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  2. Webbywebster

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    I would often have a ramble around the training area when it's qwiet but after moving a few miles a way no so much now also got me in trouble for tress passing if any 1 is up for a walk n don't mind a game of hide and seek if we see ppl. Drop me a msg
     
  3. JemCymru

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    were the sheeps real?
     
  4. albuheralad

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    i spent time on exercise whilst serving with 1 Royal Anglian, i must say although it was around 15 years ago i was last there as a soldier, i can still remember the building in picture 1. i would love to have a ramble around the old place .....a trip down memory lane.......
    excellent bit of history and interesting pictures left4dead nice 1 .
     
  5. WildBoyz

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    From English countryside to Afghan desert all in one report, that's certainly something new! Interesting little report. Shame you couldn't get out of the trailer.
     
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