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The Stanford Battle Area, also known as the Stanford Training Area (STANTA), is a British Army infantry training area situated in the English county of Norfolk. The area is approximately 120 km² (30000 acres) in size, and is situated some 10 km north of the town of Thetford and 40 km south-west of the city of Norwich.[1] The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, or other means. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Norfolk (pronounced IPA: ) is a low-lying county in East Anglia in the east of southern England. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... This article is about the unit of measure known as the acre. ... KM, Km, or km may stand for: Khmer language (ISO 639 alpha-2, km) Kilometre Kinemantra Meditation Knowledge management KM programming language KM Culture, Korean Movie Maker. ... Thetford is a market town and civil parish in the Breckland area of Norfolk, England. ... Norwich is a city in East Anglia, in Eastern England. ...

The area was originally established in 1942 when a battle training area was required. Military exercises were already known in the area; the tanks had trained at Thetford in the First World War but the complete takeover involved the evacuation of the villages of Buckenham Tofts, Langford, Stanford, Sturston, Tottington and West Tofts.[2] Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... Stanford is a deserted village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. ... Sturston is a deserted village and civil parish in the Breckland district of Norfolk, England. ... Tottington is a deserted village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. ...

The area was used during the run-up to the D-Day invasion and since then has hosted many exercises. A regular visitor is 16th Air Assault Brigade who hold their annual Gryphon exercises there. Land on Normandy In military parlance, D-Day is a term often used to denote the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. ... The 16 Air Assault Brigade (16 Air Asslt Bde) is a unit of the British Army. ...

The battle area includes 4 historic churches, the one at West Tofts being restored by Pugin, and a new "church" that forms part of the specially constructed village of Eastmere. Eastmere was built to give soldiers the experience of fighting on the northern european plains. As of late it is being reconstructed to more accurately reflect the experiences of the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. People named Pugin include: Augustus Charles Pugin (1768/9 to 1832): French born English artist and architectural draftsman Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852): son of the above, architect and advocate of the gothic style Edward Welby Pugin (1834-1875): eldest son of the above and also an architect This...

As a live firing area, access is not allowed without special permission from the Army. In the main this is limited to a number of tours a year and on compassionate grounds for former residents of the villages or their relatives.

The area forms part of the distinctive Breckland landscape region, a gorse-covered sandy heath which offers poor agricultural opportunities. Arguably, its use as a military training area has safeguarded a substantial archaeological landscape, and the home of a wealth of rare species of flora and fauna already lost in other parts of the country. Parts of the are designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Certainly the battle area has had much less impact than the establishment of Thetford Forest on adjoining land.[3] The Breckland is a landscape region and unusual natural habitat of England. ... Species Ulex argenteus Ulex boivinii Ulex borgiae Ulex cantabricus Ulex densus Ulex europaeus - Common Gorse Ulex gallii - Dwarf Furze or Furse Ulex genistoides Ulex micranthus Ulex minor - Dwarf Gorse Ulex parviflorus Ref: ILDIS Version 6. ... Patterns in the sand Sand is a granular material made up of fine rock particles. ... Heaths are anthropogenic habitats found primarily in northern and western Europe, where they have been created by thousands of years of human clearance of natural forest vegetation by grazing and burning on mainly infertile acidic soils. ... A Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI is a conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom. ... Thetford Forest is located in a region straddling the north of Suffolk and the south of Norfolk. ...

The unpopulated landscape of the Battle Area was used in the filming of many of the episodes of the comedy series Dad's Army, especially those where the platoon goes on exercise. Dads Army was a British sitcom about the Home Guard in the Second World War, written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on BBC television between 1968 and 1977. ...


  •   Ordnance Survey (1999). OS Explorer Map 229 - Thetford in the Brecks. ISBN 0-319-21861-9.
  •   NorfolkChurches.co.uk. Norfolk battle training area chuches. Retrieved February 17, 2006.
  •   British Army (2004). Stanford Battle Area. Retrieved February 17, 2006.

February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

External links

  • Map sources for the Stanford Battle Area.

See also BBC WW2 Peoples War site Breckland Exodus-The Forced Evacuation of the Norfolk Battle Area 1942 -Part 1 and 2 by Conal O'Donnell

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/62/a3258362.shtml
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/07/a3258407.shtml

And Violets for Vera-the death of West Tofts School 1942 by Conal O'Donnell http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/20/a3291220.shtml

Coordinates: 52.52078° N 0.75480° E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...



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