3 Oct 2013

Cannock Chase - recreated battlefield

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:10 pm on 3 October 2013

In June 1917 the soldiers of the Otago Regiment of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade helped secure a hard fought victory at Messines in Belgium. When the surviving troops returned to Cannon Chase in Staffordshire in England, they re-created the battle field complete with trenches buildings, roads and even windmills on a smaller scale in an area the size of a football field near their training base. Six years ago a dog rediscovered a section of a concrete terrain on the field. Since then, The Chase Project has been excavating the site. The model built by New Zealand troops is now almost fully exposed. Delores Ho is the archivist at the National Army Museum and she's been helping the Chase project.