the white cliffs of dover

the white cliffs of dover

WWII tunnels under the White Cliffs of Dover opened

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A labyrinth of forgotten World War Two tunnels built beneath the White Cliffs of Dover on Winston Churchill's orders have revealed glimpses of wartime life. The Fan Bay Deep Shelter was carved out of chalk in just 100 days in the 1940s as part of Dover's connected offensive and defensive gun batteries, aimed at foiling German shipping movements in the Channel. Lying 75ft below the Kent coastline, the 3,500 sq feet of interconnecting tunnels, which are reinforced with iron girders and metal sheeting, accommodated four officers and up to 185 men during the war. The shelter - which was personally inspected by Churchill in 1941 - was decommissioned in the 1950s before being filled in with rubble and soil and abandoned during the 1970s. Get the latest headlines http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Subscribe to The Telegraph http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=telegraphtv Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/telegraph.co.uk Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/telegraph Follow us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/102891355072777008500/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Daily Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.