The author of Secret Wartime Britain has compiled a fascinating collection of examples that still exist today, albeit often in different usage. They include underground factories, storage sites and headquarters; spy and communication centres; interrogation and POW camps; dummy sites; research facilities such as sinister Porton Down; treasure stores in stately homes and even royal retreats in the event of invasion such as Madresfield Court.
Where were these sites and why were they needed? How successfully were they kept secret? What has happened to them since? Were they returned to their owners? Answers to these and other questions make Secret Wartime Britain a riveting and revealing read.
|Publisher:||Pen and Sword|
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About the Author
His first book, “A Place in History”, looking at the impact on places where news stories happened in twentieth century Britain, was published in 2012. His drama “The Last Match” - about the last day of peace before World War Two, was first performed in 2014.
He is a former Director of the National Media Museum and was a BBC programme-maker and journalist for 25 years. Alongside his writing, he now works as a non-executive director, a producer on creative and media projects and as a radio and event presenter.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Factories 1
Chapter 2 Command Centres 31
Chapter 3 Spying and Listening Bases 63
Chapter 4 Broadcasting and Propaganda 97
Chapter 5 Decoys, Dummies and D-Day 119
Chapter 6 Retreats, Reserves and Resistance 141
Chapter 7 Interrogation, Internment and Indiscretions 172
Chapter 8 Weapons Of Mass Destruction 200