Soldiering on 70 years after residents left Imber
By Western Daily Press | Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 05:00
Seventy years after its residents were cleared out to allow the Army to train for D-Day, soldiers are still using the lost village of Imber.
These pictures show TA reservists from across the West using Imber Court and the double-walled homes built in the 1970s in the Wiltshire ghost village this weekend, as part of an army exercise called Wyvern Tempest.
Around 80 riflemen from 6 Rifles, the region's TA infantry battalion, took part in the exercise over two days at the weekend, with around 20 soldiers from each of the four companies – Gloucester and Bristol, Taunton, Dorchester and Poole and Truro and Plymouth, working together to defeat an "enemy force".
Earlier this month, a church service was held in Imber's St Giles' Church, to mark the 70th anniversary of the notice to leave, with several former residents able to return for the day.
The village was turned into a ghost village on November 1, 1943, as part of preparations for the Allied invasion of mainland Europe. The people of Imber were called to a meeting in the village schoolroom and given 47 days to leave.