D Day Tunnels at Fort Southwick Ghost Hunt
James Callaghan Drive, Portsmouth
for a ghost hunting location that's damp, pitch black, cold,
misty, in a secret and mysterious location, steeped in history
and 100 feet under the Portsdown Hills; then join us on a ghost
hunting event at the WWII under Ground HQ (UGHQ) underneath Fort
Southwick near Portsmouth Hampshire.
There are just over 1.5 miles of linked tunnels below the fort and they were excavated by 172 Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers in 1942. These tunnels provided a bombproof, comprehensive Naval, Army and Air Force Operation Control and Communication Centre. The tunnels housed approximately 700 staff working on the co-ordination of ?Operation Overlord? the codename for the Normandy Landings by allied troops during WW2. Overlord still remains the largest seaborne invasion in modern history.
Reports from radar stations were crossed-referenced with messages from shipping to provide an accurate picture of what was happening in the English Channel. This information was then plotted on a large table map in the map room of the tunnel.
After the war the tunnels ceased operations in 1949, they were used again in the early 1960?s during the cold war as the Defence Teleprinter Network of the NATO Communication Organisation and as a Communications Centre "COMMCEN" for the Royal Navy. During this time the Soviet Union identified Fort Southwick as a "Category A" target and consequently had two 1 megaton thermonuclear weapons assigned to it ? one primary weapon and one as a back-up.
During the history of the tunnels at least 2 deaths have been reported at this secret and important location. Many of the tunnel linings have been removed over the years exposing the original chalk walls, which makes the tunnels feel eerie and exciting.
Because of its D-Day and cold war connections the tunnels at Fort Southwick, existence was a very closely guarded secret, which still seems to persist even today. Even finding the entrance to these tunnels today is a challenge.