Devil's Dyke at war

The area was well-used in both the First and Second World Wars, and many landscape features from these periods remain visible today.

Danger! Public notice warns of bomb testing in 1918

History: Devil's Dyke - the shadow of war

Devil’s Dyke did not remain untouched by the horrors of the First World War. The mechanical marvels of the Victorian funfair were dismantled and replaced by a military bomb testing ground.

Military plane shot down over Devil's Dyke

Devil’s Dyke mobilised for war

Devil’s Dyke was transformed by military occupants during the Second World War. Soldiers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand trained on the South Downs to repel any invasion by Germany.

Examining artefacts from an archaeological dig

Digging the Hurricane in the South Downs

Discover the story behind the excavation of a hurricane aeroplane Farm as part of Operation Nightingale, supporting the rehabilitation of Polish and British veterans of foreign missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.