Life in the trenches
The Combined Ops Reminisce Workshop Group helps keep the history of WWI alive by providing talks to schools and attending events around the country. Working with Kent Events, and other living history groups, the Group has helped put together the Fought for Freedom show, held at Quex Park, Birchington, Kent.
Within the last six years trench systems have been built to show the public what it would really have been like to live in the trenches during WWI. The exhibit has grown in popularity, as has the actual trench system, increasing from a small display above ground to an impressive replica below ground.
The theme this year will be, Mud, Blood and Rats and will see the biggest display ever as a fitting tribute to mark the beginning of the end of WWI. It is estimated that 5,000 pallets, 4,500 sandbags and six tons of timber will be used to complete the display. There will be workshop days and school days to convey greater knowledge and understanding of life in a WWI trench.
Combined Ops is pleased to announce that, with the help of the Tesco funding, it will be opening up a Mobile Look and Learn centre, which will allow young and old to come along and develop a greater understanding of history. The Tesco’s grant has also enabled more schools to benefit from WWII kitbags, supplied with the help of Soldier of Fortune. The kits form an additional teaching aid to work in line with the current school curriculum.
The Combined Ops team will be at various military shows throughout the 2018 season and is keen to show another side to warfare, highlighting the role of the non-combatant elements such as correspondents and medics. The group has developed a US M.A.S.H. unit, with a working field hospital, which is used to give true-to-life demonstrations on the conditions experienced during warfare.
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