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Weapons of mass destruction
Thankfully Britain never used poison gas during WWII, but we had a huge stockpile on hand in case we needed it. My husband actually made a visit to these secret tunnels some years ago whilst making a radio documentary on Underground Wales, but now they're going to be opened to the public. It is said that when the Allies finally entered Berlin and found all the Nazi's records, they discovered that most of our "secret" establishments were known to the Germans, but not Rhydymwyn. It's a small place and would, at the time, have been Welsh speaking. Not only would a spy have been unable to understand what the people who worked there were talking about, any stranger would have stuck out and everyone would have clammed up.

Here's the link to the article on the BBC page about Rhydymwyn.
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dinahprincedaly From: dinahprincedaly Date: April 22nd, 2017 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
welsh secret code!
interesting that enough time has passed that the tunnels can open to the public... I assume it has something to do with that, or perhaps its just time to remind people
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 24th, 2017 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Official secrets expire eventually, so places that were once top secret can be revealed. But I think one reason for opening it is that apparently there was a persistent rumour that the mustard gas was still there! In 2006 the place was inspected and declared free of poison gas, but I think there's a mixture of public relations and a desire to educate about the Second World War involved in the decision to open it up to visitors.
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