WWII in real time

November 28th, 2014 at 8:06pm
After Operation Torch's success, US & UK armies now control Algeria, & are pushing east, to crush German Afrikakorps: http://t.co/h9rI6IY4uu
November 28th, 2014 at 6:59pm
Escaping German raid on Toulon, crews of 5 French submarines ignored orders to scuttle ships & have joined Allied troops in North Africa.
November 28th, 2014 at 6:51pm
French govt. announce Navy have scuttled 77 ships at Toulon, incl. 3 major battleships, to avoid Germans seizing them http://t.co/F9KRa3doEU
November 28th, 2014 at 12:22am
Despite storming docks, Germans look on helplessly as French sink their fleet rather than surrender it to Nazis: http://t.co/l4zVY8W3fd
November 28th, 2014 at 12:16am
French sailors are frantically setting off explosives to sink own warships; battleship Marseillaise burning: http://t.co/iMDamqe3fn

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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