Where PLUTO Crossed the Path
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A new book that will turn the established history of the Second World War on its head.
Four years ago two Isle of Wight historians came together to reassess and reappraise the famous PLUTO project and to understand exactly what happened with this hugely ambitious, but ultimately doomed project. They quickly realised that there were many problems with the written history, many questions and many statements that didn’t make sense.
Their new book is really two books in one. It offers a new explanation of the PLUTO project and provides the reader with 23 guided walks and detailed maps so they can literally find the clues and signs of the great pipeline and the pumping stations that have been all but lost over the past 75 years.
Their research turned up something else. The published histories are wrong. PLUTO was not the success that saved the allied invasion. Indeed, immediately after the war a propaganda campaign actively sought to hide the truth and possibly justify the huge expenditure of man hours and resources just before the invasion and D-Day. Even Churchill and Eisenhower added to the subterfuge. In fact, their research suggests that PLUTO on the Isle of Wight may never have actually happened.
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