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Underground bunker and operations room at Strike Command

The Operations Room, known as 'The Hole', had been purpose built for Bomber Command just before the war. The Operations Block was a large concrete box 50 feet below ground level and reinforced against aerial attack. The floor and roof slabs were each 5'6" in depth. Over the roof slab was a layer of ballast, then a 2' layer of concrete covered with a 4' cushion of earth and another 5' layer of reinforced concrete extending well beyond the walls of the building. This "burster" slab was designed to detonate a bomb in the event of a direct hit. Last of all came a considerable depth of earth mounding, on top of which were laid grass turfs.
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