Germany

British troops train at Europe's largest urban training facility complete with own airport

Schnoeggersburg is Europe's largest urban training facility, with collapsing bridges, underground networks and even an airport.

British soldiers have been welcomed to Germany's Schnoeggersburg, a two-and-a-half square mile urban training site with more than 550 different buildings – and even its own airport.

Simulation is at the heart of co-operation in Altmark, eastern Germany, and X Company of First Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers have been embedded with Germany's 91st Infantry Battalion – both nations' armies aiming to work together under the same NATO division.

Schnoeggersburg is dynamic and offers a chance for refreshed training, with helicopter-friendly roofs, collapsible bridges, 10-mile road networks and an underground sewage route, all to play for in mock battles.