the Blitz raining down on London, some of Britain's top military
departments moved to the countryside so they could continue their
fight against the Nazis.
convenient road and rail networks the countryside of North Buckinghamshire
was a perfect place for many of our top secret operations to be
historian John Taylor, and BBC Three Counties Radio presenter Toby
Friedner visited five different locations in the area, whose true
nature were a highly guarded secret.
Simpson after nearby Simpson village, Wavendon Tower was the first
home of Britain's 'black' propaganda service.
Nazi radio programmes called Freedom Stations were recorded there,
in French, German, Italian & Balkan languages among others.
at Wavendon Tower came to an end when the unit was moved to Milton
Bryan on the Woburn Estate, where a state of the art radio station
was built for the job.
working for the many top secret organisations in the area were given
temporary homes in villages across North Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.
of these were French who'd escaped the Nazi invasion, and Germans
who'd been taken prisoner or decided to defect.Some
stayed in Aspley Guise and although they weren't supposed to mix
with the locals, they often ended up down the local pub!
years, Maryland College near Woburn has been used as a teacher training
college, but throughout the war it was the centre of allied print
German newspapers and all the propaganda leaflets dropped on the
enemy were designed there.
Pearl Harbour was bombed in 1941, the US asked Britain for the expertise
they'd built up through Maryland. The British agreed, but only if
they could have a destroyer in exchange, the Americans promptly
handed over a ship, although to this day, no-one knows which destroyer
we got as payment.
House is now an exclusive restaurant in the grounds of Woburn Estate,
but had the Germans invaded, it would have been used as a safe house
to hide the King and Queen.
the war it had a number of important visitors and it's believed
there are secret underground passageways beneath it, which would
have helped them escape if the Nazis were closing in.
fields around the Village of Whaddon were full of massive aerials.
Windy Ridge, top secret information from Bletchley Park was coded
and sent to allied commanders across Europe from their transmitters
Whaddon Hall the allies kept in contact with secret agents right
across Europe. There were also two transmitters at Potsgrove called
Pansy and Poppy, and others at Gawcott, and Calverton.
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