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    Default Starfish decoy site - Pennines - September 2010


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    Until recently, operation starfish was very unknown.There is very little documentation regarding such sites and even less sites remaining.
    A starfish site, was a decoy site for Luftwaffe bombing targets. They were in moorland and used oil pans to create light, structures to replicate the target and other industiral equipment.
    In the case of this site, we believe that this was mean to be a decoy for Todmorden train station, railway lines and goods sheds. Little remains today of the goods sheds, though you can see where the rail line was laid and where the structures once stood. Also the bunker and blast wall which housed the service men and women survives.
    From ontop of the bunker, you can see Kirklees, Calderdale, North Derbyshire. On a good day you can see York.
























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    Nice find, thanks for sharing
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    Thanks for sharing a great piece of our rich history.I had no idea such creation's of wartime deviation even existed.Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaoticreason View Post
    ...I had no idea such creation's of wartime deviation even existed.Very nice!
    It's amazing what they did to confuse and camouflage. There are a couple of great books about it...
    Fields of Deception by Colin Dobbs (about the decoy sites), and
    The War Magician by David Fischer (about Jasper Maskelyne who headed a camouflage unit and came up with the most outrageously inventive ideas. Very entertaining read).

    I love these decoy sites. Nice find and pics, nij.
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    Very interesting mate. I like the story about the one on the south coast, with the inflatable tanks and stuff.
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    Its a great place, about half a mile from a small country road.
    It wasnt me who found it, it was Darrell and I cannot thank him enough for sharing it with me.
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    Nice one Nij - thanks for posting So someone tell me, what were the large ducted holes in the wall for ? The same exist in the Mendip Starfish sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydealfred View Post
    Nice one Nij - thanks for posting So someone tell me, what were the large ducted holes in the wall for ? The same exist in the Mendip Starfish sites.
    Either to vent exhaust gases from the generator or to carry the cables from the generator I would imagine.

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    Agree with Krela. This is not unlike the decoy site at Reigate Hill which has similar duct holes.
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    There was one of these structures on Liddington Hill (Wiltshire) near Swindon - it is still there now - second paragraph, below link:-

    http://www.swindon-birds.co.uk/liddingtonhill.html

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