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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Hidden History
As someone who used to work in the building pictured on the cover of Nick McCamley's book it was bound to hold some interest. Having read the book from cover to cover in one sitting I can only say that it is fortunate that somebody has been dedicated and indeed interested enough to research and document in a truly scholarly fashion the years of hidden history of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cold War
Not what I really wanted.Quite depressing.Never realisd we had all these facility's
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Hidden History, 17 Jun 2003
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As someone who used to work in the building pictured on the cover of Nick McCamley's book it was bound to hold some interest. Having read the book from cover to cover in one sitting I can only say that it is fortunate that somebody has been dedicated and indeed interested enough to research and document in a truly scholarly fashion the years of hidden history of underground citadels in the US and UK. The UK sites were for use in times of conflict, and latterly in the worst scenario imaginable. As such many were not neccessarily secret, just not publicised, and with the outbreak of peace that we encountered in Europe in the early '90s so many of these buildings were abandoned, demolished or disposed of. The history of these sites is recorded here in an unbiased and realistic reference work that is well presented and accurate. An excellent book that far outstrips all others on the subject read to date.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So far the only credible account of the 'Burlington' bunker, 30 May 2002
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This review is from: Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers (Hardcover)
This book covers, with credible authority, the whole gamut of subjects that has previously attracted and generated a great deal of nonsense in the past. Until now, with the exception perhaps of Campbell's virtually unobtainable 'War Plan UK', the same old nonsense has been trotted out time and time again. This book is something fresh: a piercing, neutral and largely (but not wholely) un-politicized look at Western, but particularly British, measures for the early warning of, and continuance of government after, nuclear war. Of particular significance is McCamley's account of the so-called 'Burlington' or 'Turnstile' bunker at Corsham. His account, backed up (for once) by quoted documentation is augmented by the obvious analytical eye of a civil engineer, or at least an experienced industrial archaeologist.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GRAPHIC INSIGHT INTO THE MURKY WORLD OF NUCLEAR DEFENCE., 14 Sep 2007
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NEO "Daren" (orpington kent) - See all my reviews
I must admit that until I picked up this fantastic book I had no idea that these large undergound bunkers even existed. The rational behind these huge military civil defence bunkers came from the Cold War. And during the early 1950's billions of pounds were diverted from the already war torn country to nuclear civil defence. It was feared by the governments that a nuclear attack could happen at any moment and they would need to take shelter to still govern. But not only run the devistated country but to wage nuclear war on the other countrys. So during this post war period thousands of huge bunkers were built in secret undergound across the country. This book delves into only just declassified files to look into the countries defence plans. The staggering idea is that only military and govenment personell would be housed in the large shelters. And if any civilain should find a bunker they would be killed on sight ! and not given refuge. A tell tale sign of a bunker are the large comm's masts not unlike mobile masts dotted about the countryside. I have been to Kelvingdon Hatch which is a large 3 floor 'Rotor' station and it's a revelation. With it's mix of 1950's to 80's technology which would run the main base as it was in command of smaller council based defence stations in the Essex area. The whole complex is very eerie indeed and it's like stepping back 50 years. It does show how seriously the then Governments took the reality of a Nuclear attack. And at how little it thought of the Civil population at large should an attack happen !. This is a must buy and the book itself feels like a forbidden text due to it's nature. The bunker sites themselves are also a shock and even two such's proximity to my own home In Orpington.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for anyone interested in Modern History., 22 Mar 2002
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This review is from: Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers (Hardcover)
A very worthy follow up to Secret Underground cities. The text is carefully researched and well presented with excellent diagrams and a well balanced collection of good quality photographs. I recommend you buy Secret Underground Cities to accompany this purchase; together they form an excellent reference text.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, 19 Aug 2003
Bought this book and have to say it was superbly intersting and captivating.
It describes ALL major construction projects over the world such as NORAD etc but also some of the projects I had never heard of such as the Diefenbunker in Canada
Well worth buying for the excellent analysis of all major projects
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Cuts it!!!, 24 Feb 2007
Whilst this is a reprint it has to be said that McCamley's seminal work still cuts it. What helps this is the vast array of sites included in the publication. If you need more of a contextual story of British defence then maybe Four Minute Warning by Clarke through Tempus is the one, however this book has some superb aspects to it. Read it or miss out.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent follow-on to Secret Underground Cities, 2 April 2002
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Nick McCamley has done an excellent job in bringing to light the vast number of underground Cold War structures that exist below the Brisish landscape. The book is packed full of interesting illustrations and strikes a good balance between being too general and too detailed. Details of American and Canadian installations are a useful bonus. An enthusiast's book and well worth the cover price.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underground Cold War Structures., 9 Feb 2003
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steven medcalf (Patrington, East Yorks.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cold War Secret Nuclear Bunkers (Hardcover)
If you are intrested in Underground facilities, especially Cold War and want to learn a little more about their history and conception, I have no problem promoting this book.
I had little, or no knowledge of the ROTOR system or the ROC posts but now have a fairly knowledgeable understanding of them.All bound together within this fine book.
Well worth the cover price, and easy reading too!
Packed full of information and photographs, a must for any serious researcher.
10/10 for content and reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book., 13 July 2009
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Aj Cooper (West Midlands, England) - See all my reviews
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This book is packed with very detailed information, and is an interesting account of the political thinking behind the cold war. Well worth the price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 1 Sep 2003
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An excellent well researched book written in an easy to read style. Plenty of photographs and illustrations support the text. The subject matter was facinating.
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