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"Britain delayed the construction of the Channel Tunnel for fear of Soviet tanks" - Western TV people

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In one of the films of the popular science cycle "The Greatest Inventions of Mankind" from Western television people, it tells about stories the emergence and development of the subway. In particular, the plot also covers the history of the construction of the Channel Tunnel (Eurotunnel), which was eventually inaugurated in May 1994 by the British Queen Elizabeth II and then French President Francois Mitterrand.


In the plot, a statement was made about why the project to create such a tunnel remained unrealized for decades. Usually popular science and historical literature on this write that the tunnel was not built due to the fact that this construction rested on the need to spend huge financial resources, as well as in a certain kind of technological difficulties.



However, the film by Western television broadcasters openly states that the British authorities were "not particularly interested in building a tunnel under the English Channel" for another reason. At least this reason was one of several. It consists of Great Britain's fears that Soviet troops could use the constructed tunnel under the strait for a possible transfer of their troops "with the aim of capturing Great Britain."

It should be recalled that in Europe during the Cold War, the topic of the possibility of “Soviet tanks to reach the English Channel in a matter of days ”. London feared that if this happens, the presence of a tunnel under the strait "will make it easier for the Russians to transport forces and equipment to the British Isles."



Especially these sentiments began to unfold after the introduction of Soviet tanks in Prague. Britain delayed the construction of the Channel Tunnel, fearing a breakthrough by Soviet tanks.

It is important to note that the contract for the construction of the Eurotunnel was signed only in 1986, and the implementation of the project started in December 1987, when the perestroika proclaimed by Mikhail Gorbachev was already underway in the Soviet Union. This is despite the fact that they were going to build immediately after the end of the Second World War.

If we start from the statements of Western television broadcasters about London's fear of the "Soviet threat", then we can say that by 1986-1987 "such a danger", in the understanding of the British authorities, had come to naught.
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  1. Captain45
    Captain45 23 March 2021 11: 21
    +23
    If we start from the statements of Western television broadcasters about London's fear of the "Soviet threat", then we can say that by 1986-1987 "such a danger", in the understanding of the British authorities, had come to naught.(C)
    So Humpback by that time had already brought Thatcher maps of the General Staff (EMNIP in 1985 it was), showed all possible places of nuclear strikes by the Strategic Missile Forces of the USSR and vowed that this would not happen. This was followed by the famous statement by Thatcher regarding Humpback that "this guy can be dealt with." The female sold everything to the dog, in hell they were already tortured to put on truancy, to the scoundrel.
    1. Jager
      Jager 23 March 2021 11: 49
      +2
      So he is not even needed in Hell ...
      1. Captain45
        Captain45 23 March 2021 11: 56
        +2
        Quote: Jager
        So he is not even needed in Hell ...

        This is why they do not even take to hell, because it will ruin everything to all the devil and all the devil there. Satan and he fears him laughing
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          1. ugol2
            ugol2 23 March 2021 13: 16
            +8
            Judging by the text, you did not go to the stage.
            So what are you talking about then?
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              1. aleks neym_2
                aleks neym_2 23 March 2021 16: 33
                0
                kaman ... For you and ward number 6 "big camp" Hello tabe from all zk from all open spaces of the great country, which you call a camp ... Napoleon is waiting for you ...
          2. wow
            wow 23 March 2021 16: 43
            +1
            Free, you say ...!? Well, take a walk on this "will", if your mother did not allow you to go beyond the sandbox before.
    2. Boratsagdiev
      Boratsagdiev 23 March 2021 12: 03
      +5
      Under him, or rather, he also lost the map of the areas of deployment and coverage of air defense.
      And then Rust magically "drew" on his bookcase and began cleaning and "renovation" in the army. Shevardnadze and Yakovlev also got their hands dirty at that time up to the tonsils.
    3. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 23 March 2021 12: 13
      -1
      Quote: Captain45
      This was followed by the famous statement by Thatcher regarding Humpback that "this guy can be dealt with." The female sold everything to the dog, in hell they were already tortured to put on truancy, to the scoundrel.

      Worse than the Brownau male than this female dog.
    4. Terenin
      Terenin 23 March 2021 12: 42
      +4
      ... Britain delayed construction of the Channel Tunnel for fear of Soviet tanks

      Britta, remember, the Russian tank is not as terrible as its crew yes
      1. Grandfather
        Grandfather 23 March 2021 13: 37
        -1
        Vladimir Putin, goes and ... goes to the fathers.
      2. AUL
        AUL 23 March 2021 21: 44
        +1
        Quote: Terenin
        Britta, remember, the Russian tank is not as terrible as its crew

        In my opinion, absolutely stupid version with tank fear. To flood a tunnel when threatened is a matter of, if not minutes, then a couple of hours maximum!
        1. The leader of the Redskins
          The leader of the Redskins 24 March 2021 08: 53
          -6
          I don’t know about the Soviet tanks, but the KraZs, for sure, were noted at the construction of the tunnel! laughing
  2. Trapp1st
    Trapp1st 23 March 2021 11: 23
    +1
    Britain delayed construction of the Channel Tunnel for fear of Soviet tanks
    Another British game. Not long ago
    in Ireland, Russian special forces are gathering, ready to sneak into the UK.
    1. Egoza
      Egoza 23 March 2021 11: 33
      +1
      Quote: Trapp1st
      Britain delayed construction of the Channel Tunnel for fear of Soviet tanks
      Another British game. Not long ago
      in Ireland, Russian special forces are gathering, ready to sneak into the UK.

      The more they are afraid, the more they repeat their horror stories to themselves, the stronger their message into space. And the Higher Forces will get so tired of listening to their whining that they will spit and say: "May it come true! So that at least they were not in vain to be afraid!" (emoticons do not work for me, otherwise I would instruct ...)
    2. lucul
      lucul 23 March 2021 12: 24
      -6
      Another British game. Not long ago

      The British were told directly - in case of war, no one would seize the island - they would simply submerge it entirely under water.
      1. Grandfather
        Grandfather 23 March 2021 13: 54
        +2
        Quote: lucul
        Another British game. Not long ago

        The British were told directly - in case of war, no one would seize the island - they would simply submerge it entirely under water.

        yeah .. with children, grandchildren and money ... POOFFFF! palaces of course already do not care ...
        1. lucul
          lucul 23 March 2021 14: 17
          -7
          yeah .. with children, grandchildren and money ... POOFFFF! palaces of course already do not care ...

          The one who presses the button - that one has no children there, as well as palaces)))
          1. parma
            parma 23 March 2021 14: 43
            +1
            Quote: lucul
            yeah .. with children, grandchildren and money ... POOFFFF! palaces of course already do not care ...

            The one who presses the button - that one has no children there, as well as palaces)))

            But those who make the decision to press more than enough ...
            1. lucul
              lucul 23 March 2021 16: 04
              -3
              But those who make the decision to press more than enough ...

              Those who have values ​​there do not make decisions)))
              1. parma
                parma 24 March 2021 07: 49
                0
                Quote: lucul
                But those who make the decision to press more than enough ...

                Those who have values ​​there do not make decisions)))

                Continue to make my slippers laugh))) as an example of Brilev, who for YEARS, in violation of the current legislation, was a member of several public councils at the ministries with dual citizenship)) and everyone did not care ... yes, his position is not particularly decisive there , but the fact itself is on the face ... there are a lot of rumors about other ministers and their assistants, but Brilev himself confirmed that he had British citizenship and sent everyone through the forest when they offered to refuse him))
                1. lucul
                  lucul 24 March 2021 08: 53
                  -3
                  Continue to make my slippers laugh))) as an example of Brilev, who for YEARS, in violation of the current legislation, was a member of several public councils at the ministries with dual citizenship)) and no one cared ...

                  Brilev makes decisions on a nuclear strike? Aha-ahah - you made my day today, aha-ahah))
                  1. parma
                    parma 24 March 2021 09: 34
                    0
                    Quote: lucul
                    Continue to make my slippers laugh))) as an example of Brilev, who for YEARS, in violation of the current legislation, was a member of several public councils at the ministries with dual citizenship)) and no one cared ...

                    Brilev makes decisions on a nuclear strike? Aha-ahah - you made my day today, aha-ahah))

                    You are incredibly attentive, from the word in any way)) I wrote above - Brilev's post did not solve much, but his very appointment to this body was contrary to the law, but nevertheless it did not bother anyone from the first persons)) moreover, when the scandal began, it was announced that he did not attend a single meeting (!), for which he was listed there, there is also no answer)) but I cited Sergei as an example for a simple reason - one of the key persons in a state corporation with billions of dollars in budgets (from our taxes) directly states about his dual citizenship and sends everyone with a proposal to refuse it) and you can continue to believe, after that, state channels about what kind of crystal clear and honest first persons we have, about how we will die as martyrs, and the enemies will die)) more than that pouring it into your naive ears will be exactly Her Majesty's subject Brilev))
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 23 March 2021 11: 28
    +1
    You can guess ... but how to know for sure, it doesn’t hurt b.
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 23 March 2021 12: 17
      +1
      Quote: rocket757
      You can guess ... but how to know for sure, it doesn’t hurt b.

      Ferry companies are always priced cheaper than rail in the Dover Strait tunnel.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 23 March 2021 12: 31
        +1
        By the way, weren't firms the biggest opponents of the tunnel construction?
        1. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine 23 March 2021 13: 08
          +1
          Quote: rocket757
          By the way, weren't firms the biggest opponents of the tunnel construction?

          Well, naturally. As well as in the construction of bridges in the Halskowa (Belt) and in the Sound, where ferry companies and air carriers were opposed.
          Bridges are paid, across Halskov - 33 euros, through Malmö - 53 euros. The ferry is cheaper.
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 23 March 2021 13: 34
            +1
            So it’s clear, business, nothing more.
            And it is interesting to cross the ferry, albeit dreary, in bad weather.
            1. tihonmarine
              tihonmarine 23 March 2021 14: 20
              +1
              Quote: rocket757
              And it is interesting to cross the ferry, albeit dreary, in bad weather.

              There is no bumpiness in the straits, you can admire the sea and the coast - beauty.
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 23 March 2021 14: 55
                +1
                So it was, passed, not by ferry, of course.
                1. tihonmarine
                  tihonmarine 23 March 2021 15: 31
                  +1
                  Quote: rocket757
                  So it was, passed, not by ferry, of course.

                  The main thing is what passed, and on what ...
                  1. rocket757
                    rocket757 23 March 2021 16: 13
                    0
                    By military transport, from the Baltic to ... well in the Caribbean! Mulattos, pineapples and sharks !!! And all in one "glass", Roma.
                    1. tihonmarine
                      tihonmarine 23 March 2021 16: 15
                      0
                      Quote: rocket757
                      By military transport, from the Baltic to ... well in the Caribbean!

                      The places there are beautiful, and the coast is lovely.
                      1. rocket757
                        rocket757 23 March 2021 18: 39
                        0
                        Suppose, where the jungle is thicker, it is by no means paradise ... especially for us, children of arid steppes!
                        But, service is service.
                        And the beaches are a fairy tale ... people are friendly !!!
                        Of all those with whom life / service has brought, Cubans, Vietnamese, the most normal friends ... even Angolans, tough guys, and the rest, many, are so fooled.
                      2. tihonmarine
                        tihonmarine 23 March 2021 18: 54
                        0
                        Quote: rocket757
                        Of all those with whom life / service has brought, Cubans, Vietnamese, the most normal friends ... even Angolans, tough guys, and the rest, many, are so fooled.

                        I can only say good things about these guys and add the North Koreans. Juan Pablo Rodriguez Roeg is especially grateful.
                      3. rocket757
                        rocket757 23 March 2021 19: 07
                        0
                        But at the expense of those from the UK, it was possible to talk to my father ... it was just his time.
                      4. tihonmarine
                        tihonmarine 23 March 2021 20: 36
                        0
                        Quote: rocket757
                        But at the expense of those from the UK, it was possible to talk to my father ... it was just his time.

                        I had to meet in the Soviet years, many studied in St. Petersburg, and several times in North Korea, and the last time in the 2000s. Adequate, simple, benevolent, but in their own way fixated on the idea of ​​"Juche".
  • A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 23 March 2021 11: 28
    +11
    I recall an old joke.
    The Japanese, Chinese and Metrostroy submitted their candidatures to the international competition for the construction of a tunnel under the English Channel.
    The Japanese offered to dig from France to England. Will build it in 2 years. Accuracy plus or minus 2 meters.
    The Chinese offered to dig from England to France. Build it in 1 year. Accuracy 1 meter.
    Metrostroy decided to dig from two sides at once. No guarantee of accuracy. But for that, as a last resort, the customer received two tunnels in 4 years.
    1. lucul
      lucul 23 March 2021 12: 27
      -3
      I recall an old joke.

      The old Jewish anecdote is more accurate.
    2. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 23 March 2021 14: 22
      +2
      Quote: A. Privalov
      I recall an old joke.

      The anecdote is just in place.
    3. Profiler
      Profiler 24 March 2021 05: 34
      0
      Quote: A. Privalov
      The Japanese, Chinese and Metrostroy submitted their candidatures to the international competition for the construction of a tunnel under the English Channel.
      The Japanese offered to dig from France to England. Will build it in 2 years. Accuracy plus or minus 2 meters.
      The Chinese offered to dig from England to France. Build it in 1 year. Accuracy 1 meter.
      Metrostroy decided to dig from two sides at once. No guarantee of accuracy. But for that, as a last resort, the customer received two tunnels in 4 years.


      TWO tunnels in 4 years, in any case, it is better than ONE, built by the British-French consortium in 7 years, isn't it?
  • Reviews
    Reviews 23 March 2021 11: 32
    0
    "My diagnosis is paranoia, which means" couple no. " © ВСВ
    1. Reviews
      Reviews 23 March 2021 11: 43
      0
      PS / the Britons seem to have really strong problems with their heads:

      The idea of ​​building a tunnel under the English Channel originated in the late XNUMXth and early XNUMXth centuries in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region.
      In 1802, the French engineer Albert Mathieu-Favier came up with the idea of ​​building a tunnel.
      When, in 1858, the British Parliament got acquainted with the proposal to build a tunnel under the English Channel, Lord Palmerston exclaimed:
      "What? Do you still dare to ask for money for a business whose purpose is to shorten the distance, as we believe, is already too short? "
      In 1856, another French engineer, Aimé Thomé de Gamond, proposed the construction of a railway tunnel to connect France with England. The French agreed, but the British hesitated.
      In 1881, geological surveys were carried out, and on October 21, two English-Beaumont drilling machines began work - one on the English side, near Dover, the second on the French side near the town of Sangatte.
      Construction was halted on March 18, 1883, as the British feared that the finished tunnel might facilitate an enemy invasion of Great Britain. By this time, 2026 meters had been dug from the British side and 1829 meters from the French.
      In 1922, workers began to drill a tunnel at Folkestone. After the 128 meters were completed, the project was stopped again for political reasons.
    2. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 23 March 2021 13: 09
      0
      But not a leaf - a steel feather
      My chest pierced like a stiletto!
      My diagnosis is paranoia
      This means a couple of years!

      That's right !
  • APASUS
    APASUS 23 March 2021 11: 33
    +5
    Judging by the plans of Great Britain to increase its armament, the problem of capture by the Russians has increased again, and the Chinese have also joined.
    So it is necessary to fill the tunnel with concrete, while urgently .............. wink
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 23 March 2021 12: 22
      0
      Quote: APASUS
      So it is necessary to fill the tunnel with concrete, while urgently ..............

      From the point of view of shaving on the situation, it is better to pour concrete, and the head will not hurt.
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 23 March 2021 12: 33
        +1
        Quote: tihonmarine
        From the point of view of shaving on the situation, it is better to pour concrete, and the head will not hurt.

        Better to fence off with a fence, in our harsh reality fences = a sign of democracy and freedom of choice
        1. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine 23 March 2021 13: 36
          0
          Quote: APASUS
          in our harsh reality, fences = a sign of democracy and freedom of choice

          I agree with these, "the fence is the norm of democracy."
  • Hunter 2
    Hunter 2 23 March 2021 11: 33
    +5
    Why did they not inform the British that in the case of serious DB, their island would simply drown, and it would not be the Russian Tanks that would be to blame? It is urgently necessary to explain that for the Russian Rockets - the tunnel is not required!
    Today is the day of "British scientists" at VO? what
    1. Reserve buildbat
      Reserve buildbat 23 March 2021 11: 40
      +3
      It's just that the queen doesn't believe in rockets. She only remembers V-1 and V-2. And she remembered the tanks more.
    2. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 23 March 2021 12: 26
      +1
      Quote: Hunter 2
      in the case of serious DB - their islet will simply drown, and not Russian Tanks will be to blame?

      Naive people, these are shaved. Since Guderian locked them in Calais, they are still afraid of tanks, forgetting that tanks are no longer needed.
  • rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 23 March 2021 11: 39
    0
    British fears that Soviet troops could use the constructed tunnel
    Maybe the British really feel more relaxed when there is water between them and the mainland, or maybe just a toad pressed to spend money without seeing much benefit for themselves at that time. Mercantile spirit and arrogance can be seen everywhere. When they fled from the EU, they also wanted the order of trade and border crossing to remain the same, and politics and money separately. Let's leave the assumption on the conscience of the TV crew, but nevertheless, the British also took this factor into account.
    1. Reviews
      Reviews 23 March 2021 11: 47
      0
      Quote: rotmistr60
      the British also took this factor into account.

      How many kilograms of explosives does it take to completely fill up a tunnel in any place convenient for defense?
    2. Trapp1st
      Trapp1st 23 March 2021 11: 47
      +2
      the British feel more relaxed when there is water between them and the mainland

      Problems then ...
    3. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 23 March 2021 12: 28
      0
      Quote: rotmistr60
      When they fled from the EU, they also wanted the order of trade and border crossing to remain the same, and politics and money separately.

      And this has been their most reasonable decision over the past 100 years.
  • Pavel57
    Pavel57 23 March 2021 11: 50
    0
    Quote: Stroibat stock
    It's just that the queen doesn't believe in rockets. She only remembers V-1 and V-2


    Doesn't he remember Khrushchev's threats to hit England with missiles in 1956?
    1. A. Privalov
      A. Privalov 23 March 2021 15: 25
      +1
      Quote: Pavel57
      Doesn't he remember Khrushchev's threats to hit England with missiles in 1956?

      It was during the Suez crisis and Eisenhower supported Khrushchev, demanding that the coalition stop the offensive.
      1. Trapp1st
        Trapp1st 23 March 2021 16: 49
        +1
        Eisenhower supported Khrushchev
        The US government was notified that if they were unable to keep their stray dogs on a leash, the USSR would destroy them, any attempt by the US to prevent them would follow, and this was no joke. Naturally, that same Eisenhower walked with bricks and it is to him that Israel should be infinitely grateful for its existence today.
  • Basarev
    Basarev 23 March 2021 11: 55
    +1
    As if the absence of a tunnel would have prevented Soviet troops from breaking into the islands. It's funny.
    1. Crimean partisan 1974
      Crimean partisan 1974 23 March 2021 12: 27
      +1
      [quoteIt is as if the absence of a tunnel would have prevented the Soviet troops] [/ quote] ...... yes, in principle, the tanks had nothing to do there ... so a couple of SRHB companies
    2. Doliva63
      Doliva63 23 March 2021 14: 10
      +1
      Quote: Basarev
      As if the absence of a tunnel would have prevented Soviet troops from breaking into the islands. It's funny.

      Ha, I will say even more: the Soviet army, if it were that tunnel, would definitely not use it. Well, maybe, after the seizure of the island, to give a lift to the rear. And then after the most thorough engineering reconnaissance.
  • Piramidon
    Piramidon 23 March 2021 12: 04
    0
    Britain delayed construction of the Channel Tunnel for fear of Soviet tanks

    Now they interfere with the construction of SP-2, fearing that the multimillion-dollar "Buryat special forces of the GRU" will penetrate into Germany through it. laughing
    1. shubin
      shubin 23 March 2021 12: 12
      +2
      This is unlikely, the horses will not get through! laughing
      1. Piramidon
        Piramidon 23 March 2021 12: 13
        +1
        Quote: shubin
        This is unlikely, the horses will not get through! laughing

        They are armed with small Mongolian horses. laughing
  • Free wind
    Free wind 23 March 2021 12: 09
    0
    England has always been for the construction of the tunnel, and then suddenly got scared. Citizen anonymous, you will decide.
  • Dimka75
    Dimka75 23 March 2021 12: 16
    0
    Good article! About the cowardly insolent Saxons.
    To the section on alternative history.
  • beeper
    beeper 23 March 2021 12: 23
    +2
    If the hyperaggressive "NATO alliance" attacked our Soviet Motherland and the Soviet command ordered to drive the "all-European" invaders all the way to the English Channel, then we, Soviet tankers, would have reached - I had no doubt that we would reach (regardless of what, even if not all of us ...)!
    Me and my comrades were prepared to act ("if something happens") precisely in the European theater of operations and on the powerful American nuclear bombs previously laid down on the territory of West Germany, as well as on the probable vast flooding zones after the explosion of dams on German rivers,
    about the defense zones of NATO troops and many other things, we, the tankers, were aware and ready to overcome. yes
    But it is unlikely, even if these underground tunnels existed in England, we could capture them intact, so that they could "drive to the islands" on dry land - the British would have 100% time to blow them up or flood them! winked
    So these crazy "horror stories"
    Transcordon TV broadcasters are "past the box office" and serve only for blatant anti-Soviet (read-anti-Russian) attacks and vile Goebbels "demonization" of the Soviet Union and Russia in the eyes of the "world community"! fool
  • Lara Croft
    Lara Croft 23 March 2021 12: 51
    -1
    The idea of ​​\ u19b \ u1802bbuilding Eurotunel arose at the beginning of the XNUMXth century (XNUMX), from the moment the idea appeared until the construction of the tunnel, events took place in the form of the "Napoleonic Wars", WWI, WWII, XB .....
    The emergence of an idea - 1802 year
    Start of construction - 1987
    Completion of construction - 1994 year
    Length - about 51 km, of which 39 km pass under the English Channel
    Construction Cost - The estimated cost of the project in 1985 was £ 2,6 billion


    https://zen.yandex.ru/media/futurycon/podvodnye-tonneli-evropy-nastoiascee-i-buduscee-5e8c61ddf3d7cd02ce77b323
    What does the SA and its tanks have to do with it, incl. shown in the photo to the article? The SA had enough internal combustion engines, as well as a PT-76 to cross both English straits ...
  • yehat2
    yehat2 23 March 2021 13: 21
    +1
    the tunnel could be safely guarded by an infantry platoon
    no tanks would have passed
  • tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 23 March 2021 14: 17
    0
    It looks like the price is being stuffed, they wanted to capture us through the tunnel. Do we need to spend diesel fuel on this. 4 -5 babakhs with greetings from Khrushchev and that's it !!!
  • Pavel57
    Pavel57 24 March 2021 13: 57
    0
    Quote: A. Privalov
    It was during the Suez crisis and Eisenhower supported Khrushchev, demanding that the coalition stop the offensive.


    The question is not you remember this, but whether the Queen Mother remembers.
  • Financier
    Financier 29 March 2021 00: 14
    +6
    If we start from the statements of Western television broadcasters about London's fear of the "Soviet threat", then we can say that by 1986-1987 "such a danger", in the understanding of the British authorities, had come to naught.

    Of course it faded away. They already knew that their beloved and valuable agents Gorbachev and Yakovlev would destroy the USSR in the next few years.