Back in late 1914 some bright chap at Sandhurst (The Royal Military College as it then was) thought that since the British Army was engaged in a trench war that it might be a jolly good idea to train for such a thing! Accordingly, some training trenches were dug and despite the ravages of the intervening century they can still be seen.
Thus it was that on an overcast morning in August I found myself trudging through the woods near one of the firing ranges. The poor light is my excuse for the quality of my photos - which are revealed here by kind permission of the Sandhurst Collection - my guide being Curator Dr Anthony Morton.
While we were there, I was also shown proof that digging training fortifications wasn't a new concept even in 1914. Nearby is a large earth rampart known as 'The Lines Of Torres Vedras'. Though rather shorter than the 30km original, this is significant enough to be shown on Ordnance Survey maps.