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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Folly Books Ltd (15 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956440525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956440525
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Cold War Bunkers' is a comprehensive photographic overview of all the underground, semi-underground and surface-built cold-war atomic and nuclear bunkers built in the British Isles to protect central, regional and local government, military organizations, the Civil Defence organization, the Royal Observer Corps, UKWMO and the public utilities against nuclear attack by the Soviet Union between 1946 and 1989.
Amongst the sites represented in this volume are:
The Corsham Central Government War Headquarters (Burlington);
The Regional War Rooms built during the early 1950s and the network of Civil Defence bunkers that supported them;
The Regional Seats of Government (RSGs) of the 1960s, the SRHQs that were built at the end of that decade and into the 1970s, and the highly sophisticated and hugely expensive Regional Government Headquarters of the 1980s.
Also covered are the huge range of ROC bunkers from the very large Sector Controls to the tiny 3-man observation posts; the often complex and sometimes Spartan County and District council bunkers, bunkers built by the water companies, and the deep underground emergency telephone exchanges built by the GPO and BT.
The book also goes in great detail into the underground radar control rooms established as part of the RAF's `Rotor' radar system and also the hardened anti-aircraft gun control rooms which were integrated with `Rotor' in the early 1950s.
Coverage is also given to the cruise missile site at Greenham Common along with many other sites and structures too numerous to mention.

About the Author

Nick Catford is a world-renowned cameraman and is probably the most accomplished subterranean photographer working today, specializing in sites of cold-war, military and industrial archaeological interest. He is the custodian of the highly authoritative Subterranea Brittanica website, the accuracy and depth of research of which has gained the respect of the general public, the media and government bodies alike. Nick Catford contributes frequently to the media on the history of Britains military and cold-war underground infrastructure.

Nick Catford is a world-renowned cameraman and is probably the most accomplished subterranean photographer working today, specializing in sites of cold-war, military and industrial archaeological interest. He is the custodian of the highly authoritative Subterranea Brittanica website, the accuracy and depth of research of which has gained the respect of the general public, the media and government bodies alike. Nick Catford contributes frequently to the media on the history of Britains military and cold-war underground infrastructure.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alistair Mccann on 8 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just as the title of my review suggests you may need to buy 2 copies of this wonderful book.

I pre-ordered this from Amazon a few months before its release and knew what to expect being a fan of the authors previous work.

Within a week of the book landing on my doorstep my father had borrowed it, he in turn lent it to a friend who then lent it to his son who took it into school. In the end I cut my losses and bought another copy!

Anyone with even a passing interest in the Cold War or Military History will love this book, it is full of facts and fabulous pictures with the author going into just the right amount of detail without treating the reader to a painting by numbers style account which many other books on this genre seem to do.

A very well researched and and superbly written book, I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on 2 Oct. 2012
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As a child of the Cold War years, I have a mixture of excitement, nostalgia and anxiety about anything relating to nuclear armageddon.

This book very matter-of-factly takes you through a tour of the UK's cold war era bunkers, and it really is fascinating.

Very highly recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Liam Oxford on 21 Jan. 2011
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I really enjoyed reading this well researched book, completing it in one evening (quite some achivement for me....) I couldn't fault it at all, it contains glorious colour pictures of Britains Bunker Cold War heretage, from front to back of so many previously hidden sites.

If this subject is new to you, buy this book, even if you are not a new "hand", still buy this book - I feel it is that good.

Just one question, when is the next volume published??? ;-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By plank on 4 Jan. 2013
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Well done Nick Catford for recording these fantastic structures for the nation. Your dedication on visiting, researching & photographing these buildings is astounding. The book is brilliantly illustrated throughout with high quality photographs which unfortunately show the dilapidated, vandalised state of these historical bunkers. A highly recommended book which complements Second world War Secret Bunkers
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terence Wiseman on 5 Mar. 2011
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Members of Subterranea Britannica have long known of Nick Catford's brilliant photography and encyclopaedic knowledge of cold war bunkers. Now everybody has the opportunity to enjoy this fascinating subject.
The book is superbly produced and printed with a host of previously unseen photographs accompanied by descriptive text that shows the author's knowledge of this subject.
This book will become an authoritative reference work as well as a superb read. After reading through it non-stop I now pick it up and choose a particular chapter to read in depth.
One of the advantages of having an expert compose his own photographs is that the photographs show what will be of interest to the reader rather than "general" shots.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. C. Bower on 22 Dec. 2012
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I've been into old war history for years,probably stemming from my father who was an RAF pilot in the last war and being ex-forces myself and my son current forces.I'm especially interested in the many concrete structures around the country,so this book was a must.
Very interesting..if you are into this sort of thing,and fascinating when you realise how close some of them are,i myself passed some regularly with not that much knowledge.
specialised book so is a little expensive as will not sell to a mass market,but that's just what you have to pay
Folley books who it came from were brilliant,especially after the regular problems we have with couriers not trying to look for our house properly(we are awkward to find,but not impossible!!) Folley's kept us up to date with everything,and if I am ever near to them,will pop in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Purvis on 2 Sept. 2013
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A comprehensive look at what is inside those strange structures built during the cold war. The photography is uniformly good - some of taken in what must have been very challenging circumstances. This book is recommended to anyone with in interest in this era, in ubderground structures, secret places or who wonders what becomes of such places when converted for other uses, vandalised, or simply left to decay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. reynolds on 15 July 2013
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This book is right up my street,i.e.knowing what went on without us knowing about it.Facinating reading,although a tad pricey but I loved it.
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