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April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Wednesday April 24th
Gordon Rogers ‘Winston Churchill’s Toyshop’
Aniseed balls, condoms and a washing up bowl might seem harmless enough but they all played a key role in bringing about victory during the Second World War.
These everyday items formed the basis for the limpet mine which was invented at a top secret laboratory – Military Defence 1.
Winston bypassed red tape to set up MD1, nicknamed Churchill’s Toyshop and recruited some of Britain’s top scientists to come up with super weapons that would give our troops the edge in battle.
The workshop was originally in Portland Place, London but when the premises were bombed they moved out to Whitchurch in Buckinghamshire.
The department was under Churchill’s direct control via Lord Cherwell. Over 50 weapons were invented which went into service.
Gordon has carried out extensive research on this topic at the Nuffield Library in Oxford, reading papers which passed between Churchill and Cherwell.