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Secret Wartime Britain (ePub)

Hidden Places That Helped Win the Second World War

WWII Military

By Colin Philpott
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 21.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 247
ISBN: 9781526735485
eBook Released: 7th November 2018

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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.

Article: Historic unit ‘crucial’ to WWI success as featured by

Keighley News (online), 16th January 2019 - words by Alistair Shand

Article: Town had vital but 'hidden' role to play in Second World War as featured by

South Wales Echo, 21st December 2018 – words by Brian Lee

This is the kind of book that might inspire one of those brilliant Channel Four documentaries that could be presented by someone like Tony Robinson or even Michael Portillo. Crammed with fascinating tales of amazing excavations and creations that in some way or other were planned to help Britain to win the second world war, Colin’s book is a revelation, and hugely enjoyable. Boys’ Own Paper stuff in many cases, but absolutely terrific.

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Books Monthly

“a fascinating read in every respect”

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BBC Radio Merseyside, 17/12/18 with presenter Sean Styles

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BBC Three Counties Radio, 17/12/18 with presenter Nick Coffer

Article: 'Beaches of East Lothian had vital role in D-Day landings as featured by

Edinburgh Evening News, 15th December 2018

Article: 'Nellie – Churchill's secret weapon' as featured by

Nottingham Post, Bygones 3rd December 2018 – words by Andy Smart

Author article: From factories to East Lothian beaches – how the war was won as featured by

The Scotsman, 12th December 2018

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BBC Radio Wiltshire, 12/12/18 with presenter James Thomas

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London Live with Katie Pilbeam

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Prospero October 2018

This new 246-page hardback book from Pen & Sword and author Colin Philpott is a real treat. There are a host of individual sites around the British Isles which are included in here and each has a story to tell... A fascinating book and to sum things up, I loved it.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

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Yorkshire Evening Post, 21st November 2018 - conducted by Chris Bond

Interview article: Silence was secret weapon of war on the Home Front as featured by

Yorkshire Post (online & print), 21st November 2018 - word by Chris Bond

Article: 'Harrogate's secret links to Bletchley Park' as featured by

Harrogate Advertiser, 15th November 2018 – words by Graham Chalmers

It’s a great read, beautifully illustrated with current and period pictures. Definitely one for those with an interest in the wartime years.

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Scottish Field (online), 22th November 2018 - by Kenny Smith

Scotland's secret wartime past in new book

Scottish Field (online), 20th November 2018

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Worksop Guardian, 16th November 2018 – words by Edward Dingwall

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Wendover News (online), 13th November 2018

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Telegraph & Argus (print), 31st October 2018 - words by Sally Clifford

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BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, 6/11/18 - with presenter Brody Swain

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Mail Online

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BBC Radio York with presenter Jonathan Cowap

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Telegraph & Argus, 31st October 2018 – words by Sally Clifford

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BBC Radio Leeds with presenter Andrew Edwards

About Colin Philpott

COLIN PHILPOTT has a long-standing interest in recent German history and in abandoned buildings and venues. 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. He also works as a non-executive director, a producer
on creative and media projects and as a radio and event presenter.
He lives in Yorkshire.

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