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WW2 - Churchills Secret Army



I've posted pics of this place somewhere before, but I didn't have the 7-14 lens then to get the whole thing in.

This was part of the "Secret Army" that Churchill sanctioned during WW2. Men were trained to operate guerrilla warfare on the Germans after an invasion, and around the country Operational Bases and Radio Stations were concealed underground. They were meant to be blown up after the war, but not all were. This one is a Radio Station in the Alnwick area and is in perfect condition. The ante room through the door is where the equipment was, the large round black hole is an escape tunnel which ran for 40 yards or so. The idea was that a local spy, who wouldn't have known of the existance of the station, would have been instructed to put information in a tennis ball and drop it into a hole under a particular stone. Unknown to the spy, the ball then ran down pipes into the radio station. On this one the pipes exist and you can even see the wire that formed the aerial going up a tree.
http://www.btinternet.com/~david.wal...n_teesside.htm has more info.
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Re: WW2 - Churchills Secret Army

I just love places like this John you can feel the atmosphere when looking at the photograph, Just a wonderful shot.
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My mother in law would love this place - REALLY. Only she doesn't know it yet !
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Re: WW2 - Churchills Secret Army

Hi John -

Reading your item got the grey cells going. I hope you don't mind me adding a pic of Anne's cousin (American) showing Churchill things. He is the guy on Churchill's immediate left (right as you look at the picture).



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Hi John -

Reading your item got the grey cells going. I hope you don't mind me adding a pic of Anne's cousin (American) showing Churcill things. He is the guy on Chuchill's immediate left (right as you look at the picture).


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What a great photo to have in the family!
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What a great photo to have in the family!
Thanks John.....

.....meanwhile I forgot to comment on yours, sorry.

I too enjoy things of this nature, especially if a pic is involved. Thanks for sharing yours.

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Re: WW2 - Churchills Secret Army

Thanks for that John, I've learned something new today. Great picture too

Can't say much more than Wow about yours Barr1e, what a fantastic family memento
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Re: WW2 - Churchills Secret Army

Lovely shot, and a wonderful reminder of how close we came to invasion. We need to preserve these and other sites to remind people of the struggles we sometimes have to preserve our freedoms. Learn from history so as not to repeat it, etc.

I like that this is not restored, as it emphasises the sadness of the times, and the claustrophobic nature of the work that would have gone on there. It evokes the lonileness and sparseness of the "accomodation".

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Re: WW2 - Churchills Secret Army

Lovely shot, and a wonderful reminder of how close we came to invasion. We need to preserve these and other sites to remind people of the struggles we sometimes have to preserve our freedoms. Learn from history so as not to repeat it, etc.

I like that this is not restored, as it emphasises the sadness of the times, and the claustrophobic nature of the work that would have gone on there. It evokes the lonileness and sparseness of the "accomodation".

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Re: WW2 - Churchills Secret Army

Thanks all.
David- I agree that these should be preserved if possible, they are monuments to some very brave people who were prepared to defend their country even in the knowlege that they would only survive for a couple of weeks before likely torture and certain death.
Some are on 'dry' sites, like this one and it may be possible to excavate round them and somehow preserve the corrugated iron from the outside and inside, otherwise they are doomed.

I may have a go at creating a thorough photographic record of the Northumbrian ones - there's a worthwile project. And a good justification for having shelled out on the 7-14 .
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This was part of the "Secret Army" that Churchill sanctioned during WW2. Men were trained to operate guerrilla warfare on the Germans after an invasion, and around the country Operational Bases and Radio Stations were concealed underground.
There was television programme about the 'Secret Army' a couple of years ago. One of the chilling things that was stated, was that the first task for them would have been to kill those that knew of their identity, which included the local chief constable, mayor and magistrates.

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