The British women who secretly served in the Cold War
For more than 20 years, the green plains of Holderness, East Yorkshire, were the secret location of underground bunker RAF Holmpton, where radars watched the skies amid the threat of the Cold War
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23 April 2018 - BBC
During the uncertain years of the Cold War, when nations prepared for the prospect of a devastating nuclear war, Britain created a defensive radar programme called Rotor, involving 70 radar stations dotted around the coast.
One of these was an underground bunker in the tiny village of Holmpton, built in 1953 and nicknamed "the hole".
It faced east and was able to see hundreds of miles to the Soviet Union, as the superpower stockpiled nuclear weapons.
In the event of a catastrophic nuclear war, RAF personnel as well as ROC personnel at Holmpton would be tasked with restoring order in the region.
Workers at the bunker were also responsible for warning of an approaching attack, recording the direction, velocity and ultimate radioactive fallout of a bomb.
Nine women who worked at Holmpton and two other nearby bunkers shared their memories with photographer Lee Karen Stow.
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