Posted on August 20, 2014
All quiet on the Western Front garden! WWI expert turns his yard into trench system to show what life was really like on the front line
- Andrew Robertshaw, 58, built the 60ft trench with 30 volunteers in a field behind his former home in Surrey
- Spent a month shifting 200 tons of earth to build dugout, which features officers’ mess and soldiers’ quarters
- Hopes to teach people more about the horrific living conditions endured by British troops during the Great War
- The historian said that films and TV shows often offer a simplistic and inaccurate view of life on the front line
- Hosts open days and educational visits to the trench, which was designed based on war time diary descriptions
Surrounded by barbed wire, sandbags and mud, this 60ft trench is barely distinguishable from those occupied by British soldiers fighting in the First World War a century ago.
The enormous dugout has been painstakingly recreated by an ex-history teacher in the field behind his former house in Surrey, and the dedicated 58-year-old has even spent time living in its confines with a team of volunteers as part of his efforts to experience life as a WWI soldier.
First World War historian Andrew Robertshaw and 30 volunteers – including a detachment of troops returning from Afghanistan – spent a month shifting 200 tons of earth to build the enormous three-room trench, which he hopes will teach people more about the horrific living conditions endured by British troops during the Great War.