WWII in real time

December 18th, 2014 at 12:17am
UK govt. declares Germany is committing "bestial massacres" of Jews in Poland, murdering 100s of people in "cold-blooded exterminations".
December 16th, 2014 at 11:23pm
UK Parliament passes new law: venereal disease sufferers reported by at least 2 other people can be arrested & forced to hospital.
December 16th, 2014 at 10:59pm
In 3 years since start of war, syphilis rate in UK has soared 70%- govt. afraid VD will destroy fighting fitness. http://t.co/CebY9Xz8aQ
December 16th, 2014 at 10:43pm
UK govt. announce venereal disease spreading uncontrollably through population, launch national propaganda campaign. http://t.co/ZpKIwuyOBI
December 16th, 2014 at 12:29am
Luftwaffe air convoys have brought 180 tons of food to Germans trapped in Stalingrad today- highest yet, but far short of needed 400 tons.

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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