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Report - HMS Forward - South Heighton - Oct 17

UrbanZ

ERROR 401
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visited with @Minor

Brief History

In March 1941, an Admiralty direction ordered specified Channel ports to establish and maintain naval plots in conjunction with a coastal radar chain giving surface coverage from the Dover area. This spread to Newhaven and, to protect the plot and communications equipment, it was decided to burrow deep into Heighton Hill.

These wartime tunnels were excavated by the Royal Engineers 172nd Tunnelling Coy, beneath Glynde Estates and other private property from 3rd June to November 1941 under Emergency Powers Legislation for the Defence of the Realm. They were neither recorded nor registered at the time for reasons of absolute security. Following the war the MOD paid compensation to the landowner(s), and the tunnel became private property.

The mass of equipment required for intelligence gathering, interpretation, and dissemination, was assembled sixty feet below ground. The principal operational entrance, situated in room 16 of the Guinness Trust Holiday Home gave access via one hundred and twenty two steps to an impenetrable fortress and the most sophisticated contemporary communications devices

The Explore

After seeing a report pop up for this recently, my inner deep shelter enthusiast was shouting to go and do it. a quick message to Minor and a couple days later we were on our way, once again to another deep shelter...damn i do love these !!

Once we arrived at the entrance we thought it wasn't going to be so easy as workers had sectioned off the whole path and were laying new cables, right across where we needed to go, wasted trip we both though....."excuse me, can i just go across here and into there" i asked the guy while pointing at an open section of the bushes right next to him,"yeah go for it" was his answer, didn't even question why.

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thanks for looking
 

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