Maria Kichukova comes from the village of Brashlyan in south-eastern Bulgaria. It's always sat at a crossroads. For nearly fifty years it was a remote outpost on the border with Turkey - right on the faultline which separated Communism from the rest of the world. Brashlyan's elderly residents, like Maria, still share stories about the horrific and sometimes surreal efforts to protect Bulgaria's frontier.

Published in YOUR STORY
Published in Photo Gallery Bulgaria

Kelvedon Hatch, just outside London, was one of Britain's top secrets during the Cold War. Built in the 1950s into the hillside, this colossal underground bunker was to house more than 600 people and to keep them going for up to 3 months – had Britain come under a nuclear attack from Moscow.

The Royal Air Force was to control from here its response to a nuclear attack. It was also to become the Headquarters of an emergency Central British Government, including the Prime Minister's office.

Geiger radiation counters
Communications Room
Home Office Radio Room
Emergency communications
Emergency radio studio for the Prime Minister of the day
Triangulation, Map Room
Map Room
Room for the Prime Minister of the day
Commissioner's room
Sick bay for routine operations
Government departments
Information on how to survive
Government communications room

© Velislav Radev