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Location DB > England > Berkshire > Newbury > RAF / USAF Greenham Common
RAF / USAF Greenham Common
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created by GC Intercept on 2/22/2007 9:36 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 3/24/2021 1:33 AM
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Massive Cold-War Airbase with hardened silos and bunkers. A historic landmark of the nuclear stand-off between the West and the Soviet Union.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Active
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
2 miles Southeast of Newbury
Newbury, Berkshire
 Interesting Features
Architecture, location and functionality.
 Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • razor wire
  • part-time guard
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • cameras
  • Conservationists
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1942
    Closed: 1997
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    Former RAF/USAF airbase during the Cold War. Greenham Common has a long and controversial military past. The base gained notoriety when it became the home of 501st Tactical Missile Wing. In 1980 it was announced that the base was to house 100 Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCMs) as a response to the threat from comparable Soviet technology. Six huge hardened underground shelters were created to house the 96 Tomahawk Missiles on the site of the old munitions area. Each shelter held two launch control centres (LCC), four mobile launchers and one or two recovery vehicles. The mobile launchers were called TELs ("Transporter erector launcher"). To launch the missiles, the launch convoys would leave the base to pre-determined dispersal sites (travelling via local roads and through nearby villages and towns), increasing the survivability compared to fixed sites.

    From 1981 "women's peace camps" were established in protest at the deployment of the cruise missiles. They came to be known as "The Greenham Women" or "peace women", and their 19-year protest drew worldwide media and public attention.

    The cruise missile storage silos have been fenced off and designated an Ancient Monument.
     Media Coverage
    Loads. Just flick through the UK left-wing press of the 1980s.
     Future Plans
    The Common is looked after by the Greenham and Crookham Conservation Volunteers. These volunteers try to protect this 278.61 hectare (688.45 acre) Site of Special Scientific Interest and try to preserve the outstanding beauty of the common.

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    Cold Warriors
    Thu, Feb 22nd, 2007
    posted by GC Intercept
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 3/24/2021 1:34 AM.

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  • on Mar 24 21 at 1:34, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 24 21 at 1:33, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name, History, Interesting Features, Web Links
  • on May 15 20 at 13:38, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 14 20 at 18:27, GC Intercept changed the following: History
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  • on Mar 14 07 at 15:44, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 14 07 at 8:44, GC Intercept made this location public
  • on Mar 1 07 at 15:30, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Feb 28 07 at 8:57, GC Intercept changed the following: Web Links
  • on Feb 23 07 at 23:23, Emperor Wang validated this location
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