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How Stonehenge site became the world's largest military training camp

Many of England's historic sites - some of which played key roles defending the country in past centuries - were given new roles during World War One. Tudor castles came to the defence of the nation once again, while country houses helped wounded soldiers recover.

The ancient stones at Stonehenge found themselves at the centre of the world's largest military camp. English Heritage is telling the story in a new exhibition at the site in Wiltshire, which runs until April 2015.

Click to see how the stones and other historic gems fared between 1914-18 - with English Heritage's Senior Historian Paul Pattison.

And scroll down further to see some of the images from the photo film.

Image copyright T L Fuller/English Heritage
Image caption Soldiers at Stonehenge in World War One
Image copyright TS Crawford/English Heritage
Image caption Soldiers training near Bulford on Salisbury Plain
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Image caption Military huts inside Pendennis Castle, Falmouth
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Image caption Whitby Abbey before German naval attack in World War One
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Image caption Whitby Abbey after the German attack in December 1914
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Image caption Wounded soldiers at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire, 1914
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Image caption Convalescing soldiers on a camel near Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

Soldiers at Stonehenge: Salisbury Plain and the journey to the First World War can be seen at Stonehenge until 12 April 2015.

All images above and in the photo film subject to copyright.

Images from English Heritage, J T Fuller, T S Crawford, Glenbow Museum (Canada), Stanley C Jenkins Collection, Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society History Archive, Malcolm McCarthy and Private Collection. Additional material courtesy Getty Images.

Video: Music by KPM Music. Photo film production by Paul Kerley.

Related:

BBC World War One

English Heritage

English Heritage - Soldiers at Stonehenge

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