LEWISTON, Maine — The Maine National Guard is planning to send hundreds of soldiers to Germany, where they will work in a make-believe “Iraqi” village used for training by NATO-member forces.

Maine Guard officials told the Sun Journal of Lewiston that more than 400 soldiers from the 133rd Engineer Battalion are scheduled to spend much of July and August in the southern Germany village building roads and cinderblock buildings.

The village is a part of the Hohenfels Training Center, where soldiers practice wartime skills in “Iraqi” towns and cities that dot the landscape in preparation for the real thing.