Village-fake in the south of England
• The village-fake in the south of England
Kouphill Down in Wiltshire, looks like a typical English village, but upon closer inspection you notice that something is wrong here. The architecture of most German, and not see another soul.
In fact Kouphill Down - Village layout, built by the British army at the end of the Cold War to train combat operations in a municipality and a close fight. Kouphill Down - just one of such villages scattered across Britain, Europe and the United States.
The battle in the conditions of the settlement is very different from combat in open areas, both in tactical and functionally. The presence of local residents - only one of the factors.
The complexity of the urban landscape restricts visibility and at the same time enhances the masking and hiding places for the defending side, including ease of installation booby traps and placing snipers. In addition, some of the locals is difficult to distinguish the enemy.
Kouphill Dawn was built in 1988 as a kind of a German village in Bavaria, to provide military units scenery for practicing combat operations during the Cold War, armed conflicts in the Balkans and Northern Ireland.
In recent years, the object has been expanded and now includes Shanty Town, built from shipping containers, stacked on each other and forming a series of narrow streets to provide additional training area, more accurately simulating military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. For greater fidelity steam bogies have been added to the failed helicopter and several burned-out cars.
Access Kouphill Down is generally limited, but the object is regularly used for playing airsoft, which organize airsoft British companies and historical re-enactment society, participating in closed battle re-enactment.