It was built during the Cold war.
Cobhill Down in Wiltshire looks like a typical English village, but upon closer inspection, you notice that something is not right here. The architecture is rather German, and not seen any living soul, reports the Chronicle.info with reference for a Fresher.
In fact, Cobhill Down – the layout of the village, built by the British army at the end of the cold war to train combat operations in the conditions of the settlement and unarmed combat. Cobhill Down is just one of such villages scattered around England, Europe and the USA.
Battle in a locality is very different from combat in an open area, in both tactical and functionally. The presence of locals is just one of the factors.
The complexity of urban landscape limits the review and at the same time expands the possibilities of masking and hiding for the defending side, including the easy installation of booby traps and the deployment of snipers. In addition, some local residents are hard to distinguish from the enemy.
Cobhill Down was built in 1988 as the likeness of a German village in Bavaria, to provide military units the scenery for practicing fighting during the cold war, armed conflicts in the Balkans and in Northern Ireland.
Recently, the facility was expanded and now includes a shanty town built of shipping containers stacked on top of each other and forming a series of narrow streets to provide additional training area that more closely simulates military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. For greater fidelity added a couple of bogies, a failed helicopter and a few burned cars.
Access to Cobhill Down overall, however, the object is regularly used for playing airsoft which is organized by the British airsoft company and society historical re-enactment taking part in private reenactment of the battles.