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You can stay in a converted wartime bunker in the Welsh countryside; The Decoy Bunker was created as part of the many subterfuge strategies developed by the Ministry of Defence to deceive wartime bombers.

Byline: Victoria Jones

It was created to deceive enemy bombers but this underground bunker has had a contemporary revamp into a holiday let.

The Decoy Bunker inMonmouthshireis now a light-filled, eco-friendly getaway where you can lock out the rest of the world.

It was one of seven decoy bunkers known to exist in Wales.

Now, it is in idyllic rural escape with an expansive view down the Severn estuary from its hilltop vantage point.

It sleeps two comfortably in a king-sized bed with an option for a third person on a sofa bed, and also has a the three-sided woodburner.

The Decoy Bunker is wheelchair accessible and only five minutes from a main road and 25 minutes off the M4. It is 30 minutes from the Black Mountains and the Forest of Dean.

It has access to plenty of public footpaths and is surrounded by picturesque farmland.

It costs [pounds sterling]75 a night and you can bookvia Airbnb.

Created as part of the many subterfuge strategies developed by the Ministry of Defence to deceive the bombers, the intended target was the Royal Ordinance Factory in Glascoed that produced munitions for the war effort.

This base is just a mile away over the hill. Part of the ruse was to make the Luftwaffe's planes believe that this empty hill top was indeed the base they were intended to target.

At first, the decoys built were to be used in daylight raids but when the Luftwaffe turned to night time raids, the decoy sites had to become even more sophisticated. They had to mimic many kinds of targets and included lights and fires.

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The decoy was laid in the field out 400m west of the bunker and had a series of lights and diesel fueled fires to replicate the effects of the ordinance factory if it had been bombed.

The Decoy Bunker would have been manned each night by two men, one on watch the other sleeping.

On receiving word from 'control' of the enemy bombers approaching, the lights would be ignited, and if the decoy worked a further command from 'control' and would have the men lighting the fires to make the bombers feel they were hitting an munitions factory.

It was understood that while the bunker could deflect debris it would not withstand a direct hit.

This site was known as A6 Coed-y-Paen and was built in 1941 and run by the army. It then developed into a QF/QL site run by civilians and renumbered C46(a).

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Publication:Wales Online (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jan 28, 2018
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