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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Fort Southwick UGHQ, Portsmouth
This large underground headquarters was built in 1942 as a naval command centre. It is situated on Portsdown Hill beneath Fort Southwick, a large 19th Century Palmerston Fort. There are over a hundred rooms in the tunnel complex, and it was fully functional with offices, dormitories, telecommunications etc, and it was utilised during WW2's 'Operation Overlord'. The tunnels were lined throughout with steel shuttering, supported by iron girders, although some of this has been removed since the war. Access to the tunnel system was via stairs inside the fort, or from the four emergency exits further down the hill. Today, the tunnels are used by an airsoft team but they suffer from water ingress, no wartime artifacts remain.
These tunnels are privately owned, many thanks to the owners for allowing us to visit the tunnels.
Entrance to the tunnels, from Fort Southwick
One of the larger tunnels
Passage linking the rooms
This section has had the wooden lining removed, due to damp
One of the smaller rooms
One of the larger rooms, the items in here are for the Airsoft games
Another view of the room above
This room has been completely stripped of lining revealing the chalk Another long passage