... "This huge concentration of American military assets in the United Kingdom is the reason that her countryside and cities are littered with bunkers built to protect key elements of the nations military and administrative establishment. There are great, complex bunkers for central government deep underground that have cost tens of millions of pounds to build and millions more each year to maintain; there are bunkers for regional government controllers who might or might not lead the post-holocaust national recovery; there are bunkers for the County Councils from which they would enact the local plans they often as not had never prepared; there are bunkers for water-board engineers who would ensure that every survivor had two litres of fresh water daily; bunkers for electricity board engineers who would ensure that the street lamps worked even if the buildings that lined those streets were swept away; there are bunkers large and small for the thousands of Royal Observer volunteers who thought they were protecting their own neighbours and community but were in fact just cogs in the vast machine that protected the American homeland; and there were bunkers for the radar stations built to give timely warning to the fighters and guns supposed to protect Britains airborne nuclear deterrent but in fact just protecting the US bomber bases in East Anglia and the great US early warning station on Fylingdales Moor.
This book is about that other aspect of nuclear war, the secret, invisible infrastructure, the networks of underground control bunkers and radar stations stretching across continental North America and Great Britain, whose existence has never been more than rumour. This network radiates outwards like ripples in a pond from the ultimate American bunkers built beneath mountains in Virginia and Colorado, and includes concentric arcs of early warning stations, foisted unwillingly upon the government of Canada, that stretch across the arctic wastes of her northern provinces waiting for a surprise trans-polar attack. Beyond these, even more powerful early warning radars in Alaska, Greenland and Great Britain search the skies for thousands of miles beyond the horizon, looking for the tiny pinprick that would herald the start of a Soviet missile assault. Below these, in the passive defence hierarchy, are the civil and military bunkers built to protect the governments and people of the host countries, principally the United Kingdom, who have accepted these early warning radars and US forward defence bases and have thus made themselves Soviet targets in their own right."
Very handy for the essential data, and presented in an easy style. Good maps and diagramsPublished 4 months ago by paulears
Very detailed but unfortunately a challenging read. Despite the title this book is mainly about UK installations - the US installations are not well-covered.Published 5 months ago by J. Archibald
Great book for those interested in the Cold War, really good detail with some good photos. A 'must have' for the Cold War buff!Published 10 months ago by Gareth Bailey
Not what I really wanted.Quite depressing.Never realisd we had all these facility'sPublished 10 months ago by m j garner
Interesting...... could do with some bunkers to look around!!!!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased the 2013 edition of this book last week, and have found it to be a first class review of the subject in its title, no more and no less. Read morePublished 19 months ago by William J. Read