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Sheppey World War I Trenches

Written by on 19 October 2015

Did you know that Sheppey was known as the barbed wire island? archaeologists recently began searching for World War II structures, and ended up finding World War I trenches of national importance.

During World War One, the Germans were expected to invade across the North Sea to Kent and the Thames Estuary, with the military ports of Sheerness and Chatham considered prime targets.

About 11 miles (18km) of trenches were constructed on Sheppey, with more on the Kent mainland.

The defensive network included double or triple lines of trenches, with additional communication trenches between the first and second lines, with particularly strengthened areas along the main road from Dover to London.

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