Copehill Down

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Copehill Down is a Ministry of Defence training facility near Chitterne on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England. It is a 'FIBUA' (Fighting In Built Up Areas) urban warfare and close quarters battle training centre where exercises and tests are conducted.[1]

It is located at Ordnance Survey map grid reference grid reference SU017453.

The facility was built in 1988 to resemble a German village in Bavaria, to provide troops with a simulated backdrop when training for operations in European theatres including the Cold War, the Balkans and Northern Ireland.

In recent years the facility has been expanded to include a shanty town made up of cargo containers stacked and laid out in rows of tightly packed streets, to provide an additional training area that more closely resembles the Army's operational theatres in Operation Herrick and Operation Telic.

Non combat access to Copehill Down is generally restricted, however the facility has been used for airsoft wargaming and by historical reenactment societies, which take part in private reenactment battles.


  1. ^ "Wiltshire – In Pictures" BBC News, October 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2010

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Coordinates: 51°12′25″N 1°58′38″W / 51.2070°N 1.9771°W / 51.2070; -1.9771