Volunteers wanted in WW2 to be sealed alive in a tunnel for one year

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Volunteers wanted in WW2 to be sealed alive in a tunnel for one year

Imagine being sealed a live in an observation cave only to be released in a year if their side won the war in that time.

Operation Tracer was a top-secret spying mission that was only to be implemented if Gibraltar was captured by the Axis Powers. Six men were to be sealed in a cave and left with only enough supplies for a year.

The volunteers —two doctors, three signalmen and their leader— would run an observation post with two 12-inch (300 mm) by 6-inch (150 mm) slits, one looking due east out over the Mediterranean and the other west over the Strait of Gibraltar and the harbour. The team would then radio back all shipping movements to the British Admiralty.

They were told there would be no way out and anyone who died within the chamber would have to be embalmed and cemented into the walls. Only if Germany was defeated within their first year would they be released.

Extensive trials of the equipment began in January 1942 under the eye of MI6 radio expert Colonel Gambier-Parry.

Much thought was also given to the type of men needed for such a strange and demanding task. A member of Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic, Murray Levick was called up as Surgeon-Commander to advise on survival techniques.

There were practical matters such as diet, exercise, sanitation and clothing to consider as well as vital ‘psychology of the personnel’. The full team was in place by the end of summer 1942 and their cavern fully equipped and ready for occupation.

A comprehensive manual was prepared on all aspects of the operation and it was considered that similar secret lookout posts should be prepared throughout the world in the event of future wars. However, Operation Tracer was never needed, as Adolf Hitler turned his attention away from Gibraltar and towards the Eastern Front.

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By netchicken: posted on 14-12-2008








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