The first of a series of nuclear warfare observation centres in the United Kingdom opened at Maidstone, Kent, Southern England June 25 - and underground group headquarters operated by the Royal Observer Corps.
MEN OF THE OBSERVER CORPS WALKING INTO THE UNDERGROUND ATOMIC CONTROL CENTRE.
GENERAL VIEW OF OPERATIONS ROOM.
VARIOUS CLOSE UPS OF THE PLOTTING TABLE.
OBSERVER MARKING IN FIRST REPORTS OF FALL CUT ON A PIECE OF MICA. SHE HAS TO WRITE BACKWARDS FOR THE OTHER OBSERVER CAN SEE THE OTHER SIDE.
FROM THE OTHER SIDE, OF THE MICA.
LEANING OVER THE LONG RANGE PLOTTING BOARD.
VARIOUS CLOSE UPS AT THE PLOTTING TABLE.
Going over an observer with a giega-counter. They all have to go through this on entering for ???tamination.
G.V. OUTSIDE OF CENTRE.
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Background: The first of a series of nuclear warfare observation centres in the United Kingdom opened at Maidstone, Kent, Southern England June 25 - and underground group headquarters operated by the Royal Observer Corps.
An outer door seals the operations room to keep it clear of presumed atomic fallout - "death dust". A geiger counter checks each member of the personnel for possible contamination. The centre is a self-contained living and working unit - with offices, dormitories for men and women, kitchen and canteen, training and storage rooms.
In the operations room, observers receive and co-ordinate information from other posts in the southeast area to help complete a picture of outside activity.
Centre of the operations room is the plotting table. This centre - in an area where the Observer Corps during World War Two was valuable aid to the fighter stations - will now be an important link in the fallout detection chain of centres, operating if necessary for long periods.
A similar underground headquarters centre will be opened July 9 in North Wales. In the last three years over 700 of a total of 1500 heavily-protected underground centres have been built in Britain.