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Youngsters glimpse Gibraltar’s WWII underground history

Local children travelled back in time to the 1940s during a two-hour ‘Walk Through History’ in the Rock’s World War II tunnels yesterday.

The children and their parents learnt about the engineering feat it took to construct around 30km of tunnels in three years.

The tour was organised by the Gibraltar Museum in conjunction with the Gibraltar Sports and Leisure Authority, with a total of 24 children and adults in attendance.

Senior tour guide Phil Smith explained the strategic importance of the network and how around 17,000 people would have lived in the tunnels.

“Adolf Hitler had a plan to attack lots of different countries and he captured Norway and Denmark, and then Belgium, Holland, and he was coming down through France and towards England,” Mr Smith told the children.


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