WWII in real time

October 22nd, 2014 at 10:57pm
First snow of the year fell in Stalingrad today, as vicious battle for control of city continues- winter is coming. http://t.co/7PrICCgWgZ
October 21st, 2014 at 6:06pm
Japanese aim surprise strike at Henderson Field airbase, US lifeline for supplies. They think they face 10,000 defenders- in reality, 27,000
October 21st, 2014 at 6:02pm
Japanese gunners must carry disassembled artillery silently through dense jungle; 10,000-strong assault force eat on move, sleep on trail.
October 21st, 2014 at 6:01pm
Japanese on Guadacanal continue secret march on "Maruyama Road": 32km long, 55cm wide, each man with rifle, 12 days food & 1 artillery shell
October 20th, 2014 at 11:17pm
Japanese General Masao Maruyama is leading 10,000 elite troops, nicknamed "Emperor's Own" along narrow Guadacanal trail, to assault Marines.

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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