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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?
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on 22 December 2012
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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on 2 October 2012
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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on 4 January 2013
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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on 4 April 2015
A very thorough look at all the various civil defence bunkers from the 60's right up to the 90's. The book itself and the pictures are of a very high quality and I think the price fits the book. Will be getting the authors other book about the corsham bunker soon! If your into the cold war or civil defence structures, get this book! You won't be disappointed.
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on 7 July 2016
Pleased to receive book, another Brilliant read by Nick Catford, and well worth the money
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on 15 July 2013
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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on 29 November 2015
For bunker obsessives this book is a thing of perfection.
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on 29 April 2016
Brill mega Interesting.
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on 6 June 2017
Cold War brought to life
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