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    Default HMS Forward


    Visited With SlimJim

    This one had been on both of our lists for some time so we where very glad to have finally done it.

    We both agreed it was quite a change from the usual WW2 underground stuff which we had done in the past, it has (as far as i am aware) a pretty unique layout, We have never seen a (machine gun nest under the ground before either).

    Brief History

    This site was effectively a Maritime intelligence Centre & Naval command headquarters 60 feet below ground. It was kept pretty secret even up until 1993 both the imperial war museum and the MOD denied its existence.
    If you entered room 16 of the Guinness trust holiday home in November 1941 you would be heading down the stairs to an 'impenetrable fortress' and home to the most sophisticated and contemporary communications devices. Forward was equipped with two telephone exchanges, its own W/T office with 11 radios, a VF line telegraph terminal, 10 teleprinters and 2 typpex machines, today this sort of technology is in your pocket but back then it was huge!
    Looking after all this was paramount there where two pillboxes up top which where access from the bunker and an underground machine gun post which pointed straight up the east entrance stairs and if the Germans made it past that there was a large pit at the bottom of the stairs too!
    Once the war was over HMS Forward was decommissioned on 31st August 1945.



    I didnt get loads of photos but heres a few -

    This is the West Entrance tunnel
    Main entrance by Dick Derpin, on Flickr




    West tunnel again but taken from the air-conditioning plant room
    Mo Vents by Dick Derpin, on Flickr

    Air-conditioning plant room
    Air-conditioning room by Dick Derpin, on Flickr


    Machine Gun nest entrance, at the bottom of the stairs there would have been an air-lock
    Machine Gun Nest by Dick Derpin, on Flickr
    Port
    Machine gun port by Dick Derpin, on Flickr


    This is the GPO room, after they had built the bunker they realised the equpipment was too tall so they had to dig a 'pit' to put it in.
    GPO Room by Dick Derpin, on Flickr
    Last edited by Dick Derpin; 5th Aug 17 at 22:15.

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    That's a first, it shows how seriously concerned about invasion we were, Sound Job, Thanks
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    I'm not sure I've seen a machine gun nest in a UK bunker before, great post, thank you.

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    That's awesome.
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    Safe shots, Mr.DD. Telling those kids we were the Police was priceless Great splore, but I wasn't able to get many pics out of it. I think I was just enjoying the explore side of it too much.



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    Great pics from you both, love it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to know more about you telling the kids you were the police!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtal View Post
    Great pics from you both, love it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to know more about you telling the kids you were the police!
    We spotted a group of kids around the age of 12-14 walking up towards the place as we drove in. When we got to the access point, two of them had gone in and there was a lone chubby kid, with a dodgy 80s haircut (like all the teens seem to have nowadays) with a tinted blue fringe, procrastinating by the muddy entrance. I say to the chubby kid "What you doin?" and he says "Ermmm just having a look...You?". Then DD puts his face up to the hole and goes "IT'S THE POLICE!" and the expression on the kid's face drops and all of a sudden the lads inside fall silent. Then there is an immense LOL from myself and DD and the chubster goes "Are you really Police!?" and we're like "Ha, no". Someone pipes up from inside and goes "Oh my god, I s*** myself then!". They all went inside and just hovered around the welcome desk, looking awkward, as we stomped off into the darkness. We didn't hear or see them further inside, I suppose they were scared the large, dirty, unshaven men were going to do something sorded to them
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    Very nice! Those gun nests are a rare sight in UK underground places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimJim View Post
    We spotted a group of kids around the age of 12-14 walking up towards the place as we drove in. When we got to the access point, two of them had gone in and there was a lone chubby kid, with a dodgy 80s haircut (like all the teens seem to have nowadays) with a tinted blue fringe, procrastinating by the muddy entrance. I say to the chubby kid "What you doin?" and he says "Ermmm just having a look...You?". Then DD puts his face up to the hole and goes "IT'S THE POLICE!" and the expression on the kid's face drops and all of a sudden the lads inside fall silent. Then there is an immense LOL from myself and DD and the chubster goes "Are you really Police!?" and we're like "Ha, no". Someone pipes up from inside and goes "Oh my god, I s*** myself then!". They all went inside and just hovered around the welcome desk, looking awkward, as we stomped off into the darkness. We didn't hear or see them further inside, I suppose they were scared the large, dirty, unshaven men were going to do something sorded to them
    Hahaha! Fantastic stuff!

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