Salisbury Plain

For more rights information Contact Us

More About This Title Salisbury Plain


Salisbury Plain is the UK’s largest military training area, measuring approximately 25 miles across and ten miles from top to toe. This history of the Plain examines how the military has used and developed the area since the land was first purchased towards the end of the 19th century. It has since seen major changes in the organization of the Army, witnessed the testing and development of numerous weapon systems, and was the birthplace of Britain’s military aviation. During both world wars the extensive tract was utilized by British, Commonwealth, and American troops. The Plain was also central to the development of tank warfare, and Larkhill has become synonymous with the Royal Artillery and generations of Gunners everywhere.


Henry Buckton is a best-selling social historian who has also written plays and stories for children. His previous history books include Yesterday’s Country Village, which examines rural life in Britain from 1900 to 1960, and Friendly Invasion: The American Occupation of Britain 1942-1945, which explores the relationships forged between the British public and American servicemen during the Second World War. A former member of No. 4626 (County of Wiltshire) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, his military training included time spent on Salisbury Plain.