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Exhibition: The Russians Are Coming! Soviet Spies and the Secret Mapping of Torbay

Date: 19 August 2020 - 2 January 2021

The Russians Are Coming! Soviet Spies and the Secret Mapping of Torbay

During the Cold War the Soviet Union embarked on the greatest secret intelligence-gathering operation the world has ever (not) seen, with spy satellites, reconnaissance aircraft and undercover agents gathering information from across the globe. It drew up detailed invasion maps of the great cities of the world: New York, Paris, London… and Torbay!

This extraordinary exhibition tells the hidden history of this remarkable undertaking to map the most important areas of the world in the pre-internet age. The astonishing detail shown on the maps was useful for spies and policy makers, diplomats and invading armies and potentially occupiers. These maps provided tactical information about Torbay and chilling insights about the best routes for tanks and harbours with deep water for destroyers.

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