For the first time, the history festival will be recreating a World War II trench. Trenches were not only a feature of the First World War but were also created through the Second World War.
In our scenario, it’s late June in Normandy in 1944. The British have been pressing southwards from the beachhead and are now to the west of the city of Caen. Having taken over defensive trench positions from the Germans they are anxiously holding the line in anticipation of a counter-attack by the 12th Waffen-SS ‘Hitler Jugend’ Division. Members of the public will be thrown into a fly-on-the-wall scenario that will demonstrate the equipment, conditions and dangers facing British troops on the Normandy front.