WWII in real time

October 8th, 2015 at 8:13pm
Nazis strike on Jewish New Year, assuming Danish Jews would be praying at home. SS raids across Copenhagen arrest ~400, but 1000s have fled.
October 8th, 2015 at 8:10pm
Tipped off by resistance, Rabbi Marcus Melchior interrupted Copenhagen synagogue's Rosh Hashanah service to warn Jews http://t.co/w17AM5Vjlt
October 8th, 2015 at 8:08pm
Secretly informed of Nazi plans, Danish resistance have helped almost all 8000 Jews hide, planning to smuggle them to neutral Sweden.
October 8th, 2015 at 7:49pm
Nazi occupiers of Denmark have begun trying to arrest all Jews, planning to deport 8000 Danes to concentration camps. http://t.co/xdq1iowE5l
October 6th, 2015 at 3:30pm
After 25 days battle, Free French troops fighting alongside Maquis resistance have driven German army from Corsica. http://t.co/fhSTu8YXK8

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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