In 1965 our TA regiment attended a two week 'Civil Defense camp' at Devises, Wiltshire. We were stationed at the old wooden barracks just outside Devises on the A361 London Rd. We were lectured on what destruction H bombs were capable of, how they could be delivered and loads of American military training films on survival. After four days of lectures we were all bundled onto three toner Bedford's and sped away to a field somewhere in Wiltshire. Each company was given an area and we started digging in. We were split into groups of three/four and we dug a trench seven feet deep, four foot wide and fifteen foot long. At the bottom of the trench we dug sideways for about four/five feet. In section the trench was L shaped. This took about 8 to 10hrs and then we all piled in our trench for three days/nights. We took with us plenty of fags,matches,tinned beer,crisps, Mars bars, magazines etc, oh and a bucket to pee in. After the three days were up we had to fill the bloody trench in and off we went to practice 'crowd control'. Each company took it in turns to be the 'Soldiers' and the rest of the battalion were out of control peasants who taunted the 'soldiers' and threw beer cans etc at them. The officer in charge of the 'soldiers' shot us peasants in the end as it was getting out of control. It was great fun and the Devises pubs did a roaring trade when it was all over. Do modern soldiers experience this fun still?