Inside Churchill’s secret bunker, deeper than the Cabinet War Rooms

Guardian readers are invited to submit their favourite memories of the 50th anniversary of World War II Inside Churchill’s secret bunker, deeper than the Cabinet War Rooms Inside Churchill’s secret bunker, deeper than the…

Inside Churchill's secret bunker, deeper than the Cabinet War Rooms

Guardian readers are invited to submit their favourite memories of the 50th anniversary of World War II

Inside Churchill’s secret bunker, deeper than the Cabinet War Rooms

Inside Churchill’s secret bunker, deeper than the Cabinet War Rooms

March 1939: it’s day 80 and the prime minister has been calling the shots for the last six years, but war is on the horizon.

On Tuesday 16 March, in this steamy and barren basement beneath the Cabinet War Rooms, Sir Winston Churchill and his key advisers try to stop the Nazi onslaught.

As they debate over their chances, two bomb craters dig into the floor and a powerful thrust penetrates the ceiling. As the six interior wall basements fill with airborne bomb and infantry fire, the air is thick with smoke.

On 16 March, we bring you these extraordinary photographs, revealing a hidden world beneath the very top of government.

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