WWII in real time

October 29th, 2014 at 11:12pm
Alaska Road cuts over mountains, across marshes, through permafrost ; a US Engineer shows bitter weather conditions: http://t.co/V96z152KOI
October 29th, 2014 at 11:08pm
If Japanese Army invade Alaska, US troops will rush across Canada on new bulldozed road. More: http://t.co/vGRSDSqwrl http://t.co/KbqlE0GxUY
October 29th, 2014 at 10:59pm
Alaska Highway opens to military traffic: 1300 mile road built in just 7 months of flat-out work by US Army Engineers http://t.co/wqefhOAq1L
October 28th, 2014 at 11:51pm
Japanese offensive on Guadacanal a bitter failure- 1000s of dead litter jungle as survivors struggle back to coast. http://t.co/8vn87Ufbrv
October 27th, 2014 at 11:02pm
Commanding Admiral Nagumo more sanguine: "To win this war, we must win every battle overwhelmingly. This was no overwhelming victory."

Bunker 13 – RAF Blakelaw

RAF Blakelaw was a WW2 Royal Air Force Fighter command station based at what is now Kenton Bar in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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It’s location was chosen before September 1938 and a temporary surface station was brought into use by July 1939 to coincide with the formation of 13 group which controlled fighters north of the Humber and throughout Scotland.

The permanent underground bunker was completed and became fully operational on December 3rd 1939 at 23:59hrs.

Although the site is now surrounded by new houses the Bunker still exists and is listed grade II

 The Bunker formed part of the revolutionary air defence system devised by Dowding.

This comprised an integrated air defence system which included:

  • Radar (whose potential Dowding was among the first to appreciate).

  • Human observers (including the Royal Observer Corps), who filled crucial gaps in what radar was capable of detecting at the time (the early radar systems, for example, did not provide good information on the altitude of incoming German aircraft),

  • Raid plotting

  • Radio control of aircraft.

    The whole network was tied together, in many cases, by dedicated phone links buried sufficiently deeply to provide protection against bombing. The network had its apex (and Dowding his own headquarters) at RAF Bentley Priory, a converted country house on the outskirts of London.

 

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Bunker13 Ltd is currently unable to arrange visits to the bunker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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