Keys to the Past

Glossary

Ranges

Area where members of the armed practice weaponry and tactics. These may have their own special features such as practice trenches, (of World War I date at Otterburn, Northumberland), batteries and magazines for ground-based soldiers. Firing ranges were also built for ground-attack aircraft from World War II to practice on. A 'railway line' was built at Goswick, Northumberland, as well as disused vehicles for aircraft from Milfield airfield. Such air-practice ranges had their own unique features of large white arrows - pointing to the targets and visible from the air.
The exclusion of everyday activities has sometimes led to rare survivals of whole landscape and sites, such as parts of the Otterburn Training Area, Northumberland.

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