The Thames: Secret War
Ben Robinson flies over the Thames to reveal discoveries about WWI, including a network of trenches on the Hoo peninsula near the former Chattenden Barracks.
Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over the Thames to uncover new discoveries about World War 1. A whole network of trenches has been discovered on The Hoo peninsula. Invisible from the ground, they were recently found from aerial images of the area next to the former Chattenden Barracks. The trenches were used for experimentation and training of soldiers and can be directly linked to trenches used in Belgium in WW1. The trenches are just one feature revealed by the first full aerial survey of the area by English Heritage. Much of the history of this area is being recorded from the air before its destroyed by coastal erosion and development.
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The Thames' secret war
The Thames is perhaps a surprisingly rich source for aerial archaeologists - especially the Hoo Peninsula.
The Hoo Peninsula became an important line of defence and a testing ground for experimental military endeavour during the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Its remoteness and wide open spaces made it a good choice for the highly dangerous business of manufacturing the explosives that kept the Royal Navy fighting.
It may come as a surprise to many that archaeological effort is being invested in recording and protecting the most significant examples of the remains of the fairly recent military past.
However, natural erosion and development are threatening the heritage of the Hoo Peninsular.
It is this heritage that connects us to the history of some of the darkest hours and most momentous chapters in the nation’s history.
|Executive Producer||Diana Hare|