Top positive review
A useful picture-book, but read `Cold War' first.
on 19 January 2017
During the Cold War Britain could have been in the middle of a nuclear war between the US and USSR, a sort of stationary aircraft-carrier for NATO. On the assumption that what the Country needed was Organisation; even if the surface was a smoking ruin, the British government spent a great deal of our money on constructing and maintaining a variety of underground bunkers in many parts of the country to house thousands of administrators and servicemen Some of these amazing buildings were only used for a few years; many are disused, some are derelict, flooded, burnt-out and; surprisingly, some have even been demolished. This book is a useful pictorial record of this undertaking and contains many recent colour photos of many of these structures. I have a few criticisms, however. It would not have taken much space to add National Grid references to enable the buildings to be located, as they have a very small surface profile eg on Google Maps, and there is no index. Even a simple map could have been useful. I strongly recommend any purchaser to first read `Cold War' (English Heritage) which puts much of this work in context and describes the enormous civil and military organisation of which these bunkers were only a small part. But even here there is practically no record of who actually designed and built these bunkers, there must have been hundreds of engineers and architects. Who were they?. And how could they have been kept secret?