Secret Wartime Britain: Hidden Places that Helped Win the Second World War

Secret Wartime Britain: Hidden Places that Helped Win the Second World War

by Colin Philpott


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During the Second World War, thousands of sites across Britain were requisitioned to support the war efforts. Additionally countless others were built from scratch regardless of cost. Often the purpose of these locations was concealed even from those living close by.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526735478
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 11/02/2018
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Colin Philpott has a long-standing interest in Second World War history, architecture and abandoned buildings and venues.

Relics of the Reich (Pen and Sword Military, 2015) examined and described the Nazis’ architectural legacy. He is also the author of A Place in History (2012) and his drama The Last Match was first performed in 2014.

He is the former Director of the National Media Museum and was a BBC programme-maker and journalist for twenty-five 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. He is in demand as a lecturer and presenter.

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

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

Conclusion 219

Sources 231

Acknowledgements 235

Index 237

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