Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946–1989 by Wayne D. Cocroft, Roger J. C. Thomas

By Wayne D. Cocroft, Roger J. C. Thomas

The historic and cultural facets of the chilly battle were a lot studied, but its actual manifestations in England – its constructions and buildings – have remained principally unknown. To the nice panorama historian WG Hoskins writing within the 1950’s they have been profoundly alien: “England of the … electrical fence, of the excessive barbed twine round a few unmentionable devilment…. Barbaric England of the scientists, the army males , and the politicians”. Now those survivors of the chilly struggle are, of their flip , disappearing quick, like medieval monasteries and bastioned forts earlier than them – basically with extra restricted scope for regeneration and reuse. This publication is the 1st to examine those monuments to the chilly conflict. it really is seriously illustrated with pictures of the websites as they live on this present day, archive pictures (many formerly unpublished), glossy and old air photos, web site and construction plans, and especially commissioned interpretative drawings. It additionally endeavours examine the installations in the army and political context of what used to be one of many defining phenomena of the overdue twentieth century.

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March 1M. 1958 39 COLD WAR: BUILDING FOR NUCLEAR CONFRONTATION 1946-1989 built. Only at North Luffenham, Leicester­ shire, do all the structures or their footings remain. At Hemswell and Feltwell the main buildings survive, some converted to other uses, but Driffield has been entirely cleared. Despite extensive research on both sides of the Atlantic, no detailed technical drawings showing site layouts and structures within them have been found, but the physical lay­ out of the sites can be recovered by archaeo­ logical fieldwork using such contemporary documents as are available.

33 a: (above) RAF Mepal, Cambridgeshire. Remains of launcher erector. Below was a steel cage, known as a grillage, set in concrete. The fittings were supplied direct from the United States. [AA98/07832] b: RAF North Luffenham, Leicestershire. Thor missile emplacement No. 3: detail of launcher erector mounting 44 1 Stainless steel liquid oxygen pipe 2 Steel kerosene pipe 3 MAD - ‘MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION’ c: RAF Tuddenham, Suffolk. Thor missile in its horizontal storage position with its protective shelter rolled back.

A I R 27'2964 © PRO] Life on a Thor station In addition to accommodating technical sup­ port the main stations also provided housing for the people who worked there, though other nearby airfields might also have been used. Housing needs could usually be met from existing buildings, although at Feltwell some new houses were built. Personnel sta­ tioned at subsidiary sites were transported from their accommodation by bus. 34). 34 Tuddenham House, Cavenham, Suffolk. Commanding officer's house at RAF Tuddenham [B98110460] 45 COLD WAR: BUILDING FOR NUCLEAR CONFRONTATION 1946-1989 Public Record Office.

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