The BBC after the bomb.
The BBC's War Book contains meticulous plans for the organisation's operations after a nuclear attack on the UK. Ordered to be destroyed after the end of the Soviet Union, a rebellious BBC official quietly transferred it to the corporation's archives. Filled with the sort of mordantly amusing detail common to such documents - the BBC would be run by Radio 4, 'informal clothing' only being required, and an abandoned plan to entertain the nation with Round the Horne and Goon Show repeats - the plans help flesh out the way British bureaucracy faced up to an unknowable future that, at the time, seemed sometimes to be very close indeed. Previously
Fifteen miles from Vilnius, Lithuania, in the forest of Nemenčinė, a crumbling, underground Soviet Bunker
contains Europe's most terrifying theme park
: a KGB torture prison that's still operating on its visitors. [more inside]
January 1, 2000 was the day that our computers were meant to fail us and change our lives forever. It was also the day that 44 year old Norman Feller headed into his underground bunker over fears of the fallout from the Y2K virus. Remarkably Mr. Feller spent the next 14 years in isolation only to emerge this past September. [more inside]
Paranoid Dictator’s Communist-Era Bunkers Now a National Nuisance
"In Albania, 750,000 Communist-era bunkers populate the landscape, relics of the paranoia and skewed priorities of former dictator Enver Hoxha. Now they exist as quirky homes, animal shelters, ad hoc storage and make-out spots. "
In July 1939, French authorities started building a 120m² bomb shelter under the Gare de l’Est (East Railway Station) in Paris so that traffic controllers could keep on working if the station was attacked. However, it was not completed in time and the Germans used it instead. The bunker, which includes a pedal generator, is still there, in near perfect condition
. Other images
(in French). Bonus underground Parisian bunker: this Cold-war era bunker under the Ministry of Transportation
(equipped with tandem
pedal generators) will become a datacenter early 2014.
Located in a nuclear bomb shelter which was built during cold war
under 30 meters of rock mountain, Bahnhof ISP
is host to the Wikileaks servers. [more inside]
out there. It can make you just want to hide
With the potential 'crisis
' with Russia, Georgia, Europe et al, the BBC tries to imagine
what a new Cold War would be like starting with a tour
of the budding
attraction called the Confrontation Cold War Museum
. Sold off in an auction last year, the underground bunker
now belongs to a private
company that plans to turn
it into an entertainment complex
with a museum about the Cold War, a restaurant and even a spa. But it is already possible
to hold fashion shows
around the 600-meter-long network of bare, cavernous
Nazi German Bunker in my Garden:
"[...] the previous owner told us that there was a tunnel built by the germans during WW2. He said it was big enough to drive into, [...]
So I traced some WW2 reconnaisance photos of the property, which appeared to show the entrance road to my bunker. [...] And that's where the quest began....." (Original thread here
, first link is to condensed but more readable blog.)
built as a defence against marauders provide a rich source of pickings for relic hunters (a photo essay).
Welcome to Cold War City It covers 240 acres and has 60 miles of roads and its own railway station. It even includes a pub called the Rose and Crown.
Oh, and it's underground. And for sale. Much more interesting than the article, though, are these photo galleries.
"His authority was extraordinary. He was always polite and charming."
Erna Flegal, Adolf Hitler's nurse in the bunker during the last days of World War II, breaks 60 years of silence in this interview
. She was also interviewed
by US intelligence officers in 1945.
is the last man alive from Hitler's underground bunker
. His most recent interview is in light of Der Untergang
["Downfall"], the new German film which portrays Hitler as a man, not a monster
. Misch asserts that while factually accurate, the movie fails to capture the atmosphere in the bunker... as if anything ever could. The movie has recieved much critical acclaim and has been nominated for best foreign language film
at this year's Academy Awards.
If you've ever wanted to own a Subterranean Fortress in the Pacific Northwest but didn't want to spend 14 years digging out
and building one, your opportunity has arrived at last, priced at only $259,000
. Conveniently located underneath a nondescript suburban home
, you can use the shelter for fun, play, or surviving nuclear holocaust. Or, if you've seen Silence of the Lambs, you may have other ideas for possible uses.
What do you do with an eyesore built by a madman?
[Geocities site, caress lovingly before clicking] During WWII, Hitler built several Flakbunkers around the city of Hamburg, to act as self-contained civilian shelters and defensive posts. After the war, the British tried to blow them up. And failed, on two accounts. The buildings still stand today, squat and romanesque remnants of a horrible period in the city's history. So, in a show of Hanseatic League moxie, the citizens of Hamburg have converted one of them into a disco.
[warning: Flash, and starts with music]. There are better pictures of the truly hideous exterior here
. A timely reminder, this Tuesday morning, that poor decisions can have long-reaching and unintended consequences. What will your grandchildren have to turn into a disco?
Has anyone seen or heard from Dick Cheney in a while?
Follow the link and go about 1/3 of the way down to find this part:
In Washington, Vice President Dick Cheney has remained at a secure, undisclosed location away from the White House, two administration officials told CNN. He had been scheduled to swear in Tom Ridge Monday as the new director of homeland security; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stepped in to deliver the oath instead.
Yes, I know you want the backup man protected, but does it also require that he not make a single appearance or statement?
So, what's up with Cheney?
"I had no idea we had so many weapons," he said. "What do we need them for?"
"The U.S. nuclear arsenal today includes 5,400 warheads loaded on intercontinental ballistic missiles at land and sea; an additional 1,750 nuclear bombs and cruise missiles ready to be launched from B-2 and B-52 bombers; a further 1,670 nuclear weapons classified as “tactical.” And just in case, an additional 10,000 or so nuclear warheads held in bunkers around the United States as a “hedge” against future surprises."