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Old 01-03-2017, 06:17 PM   #1
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Jan 3rd, 2017: Forgotten tunnels, forgotten cars

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In 1853, Ferdinand II of Bourbon built an underground tunnel network in Naples, Italy, in case there was a revolution and he needed to move troops quickly and secretly.

In the 1930s the tunnels were used for storing impounded vehicles. In the war, they were used as air raid shelters.... then they were abandoned, closed up and forgotten! Still full of cars and war remnants.

Five years ago they were remembered by a war survivor and reopened and are now a museum.

I find it hard to believe this stuff could have lain forgotten for so long. I find the images haunting.

This is the BBC article that brought it to my attention, but there are many articles out there.
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:27 AM   #2
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Cool. That link didn't work for me...
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:42 AM   #3
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The link don't work.
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:47 AM   #4
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This'd be that thar link here, yesno?

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/2016...ed-underground
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:52 AM   #5
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That's it.
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:31 AM   #6
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I find it hard to believe this stuff could have lain forgotten for so long.
Maybe everyone who knew about it thought it was obvious and assumed that everyone else also knew about it. But it hadn't been passed down from generation to generation.

Like, I bet kids in this area today have no idea that you actually used to be able to drive the length of Pennsylvania Avenue, including DIRECTLY in front of the White House. And it was no big thing. Just a street everyone drove down. A busy one.
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:38 AM   #7
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I love this kind of stuff.

I couldn't see the pic from my phone (new problem, I guess...) but I needed to take a couple minutes at work and post here and see the pic. It's so eerie. Love it.

First link didn't work either place for me, though. Second link works here.
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:19 AM   #8
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Let's hope this doesn't become problematic...hopefully they're documenting like crazy. Frankly, I'd be moving the stuff anywhere more stable that had space...

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2...-naples-italy/
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Old 01-04-2017, 07:20 PM   #9
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I'm sorry about the link, thanks for putting up a good one.

yes I agree, not really "forgotten" More like assuming the elephant in the room will remember for you
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Old 01-04-2017, 08:46 PM   #10
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Probably the hobo's knew.
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Old 01-05-2017, 06:34 AM   #11
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Btdubs, read enemy as British or American when considering the bombing of Naples. Something like 200 air raids and 20,000 to 25,000 civilian dead.
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