Sunday, December 27, 2015

It Is the Courage to Continue That Counts

To end the day we went to Churchill's War Rooms.  The collection of rooms sprawls out underneath a building, and is where Winston Churchill and a dedicated team ran the British end of WWII.

The museum was impressively done, with rooms set up exactly as they were during the war, and a room of little artifacts displayed and written about.  For example, they kept a supply of gas masks for everyone in the bunker because they were deathly afraid of being covertly discovered and poisoned by gas.  The third picture is a daily ledger, highlighting the actions of all the departments; military, air, and naval.

And then we made our way to the map rooms.  The maps covered entire walls, and most had a detailed track of some military movement pinned on.

There were other little details too: like the wall of keys for every room in the facility, a stairway that was filled in with concrete during the war for extra protection, then drilled out later on for the museum, and Churchill's bedroom.  He only slept down there three times during the war, but it was there if he needed to.  It was a fascinating thing to see and walk through.

(photos by e.hunt)

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