WWII in real time

August 27th, 2015 at 7:37pm
Outnumbered & outgunned by Nazis, Jewish guerrillas of Białystok choose to die fighting. Learn more: http://t.co/V7NQiYhaOr
August 27th, 2015 at 7:21pm
Fighting with acid- & petrol-filled bottles, striking from hidden bunkers in ghetto, Jewish resistance help 100s escape Białystok roundup.
August 27th, 2015 at 7:03pm
Despite uprising, most Jews of Białystok Ghetto herded onto cattle trains headed for Treblinka & Majdanek death camps http://t.co/8Gvy3lgP67
August 27th, 2015 at 6:52pm
Crushing resistance by Jewish guerrillas, Nazi SS have "liquidated" Białystok Ghetto, sending 25,000 to death camps. http://t.co/pYHam8YyzF
August 25th, 2015 at 7:55pm
Harris: "We can wreck Berlin from end to end if the USAAF come in with us. It will cost us 400-500 aircraft. It will cost Germany the war."

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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