1960s: Cold War cabinet seeks headquarters to withstand nuclear war (UK)

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Documents detailing Government plans to rule from an underground bunker have been revealed.

At the height of the Cold War in the 1960s ministers were briefed on the location of a top-secret “check point” railway station in West London, from which they would be taken to a vast underground bunker known as Stockwell, where they would hope to sit out the onslaught if nuclear missiles were launched.

Among the confidential Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) files, released after nearly 50 years under lock and key, were draft notes from 1961 which would be handed to Ministers in the event of hostilities commencing.

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