25 Jul 2010
Established in 1925, The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was given the task of visually reporting details of hostile aircraft in the days before the radar system was developed. Despite the latter technology, the ROC proved invaluable throughout the Battle of Britain, particularly when German attacks disrupted parts of the radar system.
However, the ROC was as important throughout the Cold War as it had been during the Second World War, and the advent of inter-continental ballistic missiles brought about a revised role in the reporting of the location and magnitude of nuclear strikes. This demanded the relocation of ROC posts below ground for protection.
The post at Cuckfield is a fascinating and well-preserved example of an underground post, situated in the shadow of its overground predecessor in a meadow near the local church.
The photographs were taken during an SMHS visit in July 2010 and a donation made in gratitude to the custodians for allowing the Society access. The post is only open by prior arrangement, and the equipment seen here is not kept in the post.
For more details please see the ROC Remembered website at: http://www.rocremembered.com/cuckfield/.
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