WWII in real time

October 24th, 2014 at 11:38pm
After a night of shelling Axis lines, Allied troops charge forward in Egypt as battle erupts around El Alamein: http://t.co/qliGwPVdYc
October 23rd, 2014 at 9:25pm
British Gen. Montgomery sends personal message: "Together, we will hit the enemy for six, right out of North Africa…" http://t.co/TAUsQlB769
October 23rd, 2014 at 9:23pm
Allied 8th Army in Egypt- with troops from UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Poland & France- ready for offensive vs. Rommel.
October 23rd, 2014 at 6:08pm
Biggest concentrated artillery bombardment since First World War is smashing Axis lines around El Alamein, Egypt: http://t.co/ihsCDfCuEP
October 23rd, 2014 at 6:05pm
Egyptian desert is thundering with a vast artillery barrage; 1000 guns launch Allied offensive to smash Afrikakorps. http://t.co/1MMGbe4ubb

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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