Scotland's Secret Nuclear Bunker

Hidden in the rolling fields of Scotland’s east coast is a farmhouse. On first glance it would have appeared have to fit in with the others that surrounded it. What lies beneath however, is something very different. A 24,000 square foot nuclear bunker built in the 1950s in response to the threat of nuclear war with the USSR. Welcome to RAF Troywood. The bunker would serve to allow the armed forces and political elite of the time to ride out a nuclear attack, then plot and carry out their retaliation.

40 meters below ground is a nuclear command centre, incorporating the latest radar technology of the cold war era, dormitories, plotting rooms, radio and communication rooms, and kitchen facilities. The outer shell of the building was constructed with three meters of solid concrete reinforced every 15cm with 2.5cm thick tungsten rods. The whole structure was then lined with brick, covered with netting, and soaked to form an outer casing. The building on the surface was purposely built to resemble a Scottish farmhouse. What was really going on there was not publicly known about for many decades.

Frozen in time, a reminder of a bleak period in history . Unfortunately there are still over 14,000 active nuclear weapons on the planet.

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