WWII in real time

Indian nationalist Subhas Chandra Bose is in Tokyo, meeting Premier Hideki Tojo & seeking Japanese aid to force British out of India. He's spent last three years in Germany pursuing Nazi assistance, & transferred from U-boat to Japanese submarine last month in Indian Ocean. https://t.co/326FZHOl1v RealTimeWWII photo

Allied bombers flying from Tunisia are now attacking Sicily & Sardinia, softening Italian bases in the Mediterranean. New York Times speculates that Allied forces are planning an invasion as "stepping stones" to the Italian mainland. https://t.co/uB3aPNloNz RealTimeWWII photo

With 570,000 troops & 3000 tanks ready for "Citadel" offensive, Germans hope to break 1 million Soviet troops defending 6000 miles of trenches around Kursk salient. https://t.co/uprybxnKzb RealTimeWWII photo

German General Guderian opposes Operation Citadel, believing the Wehrmacht is too overstretched for an offensive: "The attack is pointless… we should not attack in the east this year at all." https://t.co/RfTcglJjul RealTimeWWII photo

Hitler hopes that a bold smashing offensive can capture or destroy many Red Army divisions, turning the tide of war in the East. https://t.co/8pSmO4kuaR RealTimeWWII photo

At Hitler's order, German troops are massing in the USSR for "Operation Citadel": a summer mass offensive aiming to capture the Kursk salient & all Red Army troops inside. https://t.co/atVS03AgB1 RealTimeWWII photo

A threatened strike by American coal workers- the second in a month- has been called off after President Roosevelt threatened to force through a new law drafting any coal miner who walked off the job.

Lampedusa is the first island fortress in history to surrender purely from bombing & naval bombardment, with no infantry landings. Italian garrisons give up arms after inviting British troops to land: https://t.co/7CLaUaXHRW RealTimeWWII photo

Italian garrison on island of Lampedusa has surrendered to Royal Navy warship HMS Nubian, after suffering weeks of Allied bombing & shelling, https://t.co/egzbSaPDND RealTimeWWII photo

Allied forces attacking from Tunisia have captured the small Italian island of Pantelleria- Mediterranean stepping-stone, perfect base to strike Sicily. https://t.co/y8jTbacQHa RealTimeWWII photo

Winston Churchill: "I heard that one unfortunate British soldier was wounded during the capture of Pantelleria. He was bitten by a mule."

12,000 strong Italian garrison on Pantelleria surrendered without a shot, morale ruined by punishing Allied bombing. The Italians are desperately short of supplies & have no hope of relief. https://t.co/w7qYazv4GS RealTimeWWII photo

Operation Corkscrew: Supported by crushing naval bombardment from Royal Navy, UK commandoes landing on the heavily bombed Italian island of Pantelleria. https://t.co/UNLMjA7vQd RealTimeWWII photo

Allied "Operation Corkscrew" has dropped 14,203 bombs on Pantelleria, "softening" the Italian garrison ready for Allied invasion. https://t.co/Oju6kFMc5i RealTimeWWII photo

Pantelleria, Italian fortified island between Sicily & Tunisian, has been pounded by Allied bombing for the last 18 days. https://t.co/DPpbxnx5MT RealTimeWWII photo

German occupiers in Yugoslavia continue "Operation Black": 150,000 Wehrmacht heading into mountains to try & wipe out Communist guerrillas, burning villagers & slaughtering suspected partisan sympathisers. https://t.co/r7ezNG3MCd RealTimeWWII photo

Japanese warship Mutsu, a dreadnought refitted with extra armour & weapons, has suffered a catastrophic explosion while safely in harbour. Ammunition magazine mysteriously detonated, slicing warship in half. 1,222 crew & visiting dignitaries dead. https://t.co/YlfiufIkY9 RealTimeWWII photo

In the USSR, two months of stalemate between Soviet & Axis forces are coming to an end. "Rasputitsa", the time of mud, has almost paralysed Eastern Front, as snowmelt & spring rains turn unpaved roads into quagmires. https://t.co/UhlsyUzVvH RealTimeWWII photo

100s of white American sailors & soldiers are taking taxis into Mexican areas of Los Angeles, looking for "gangs" to attack, stripping their Zoot suits & burning, tearing, or urinating on the clothes. Police then arrest the victims: 500 Latinos so far. https://t.co/4BsEOPvAyB RealTimeWWII photo

"Zoot suit" fashion is a symbol of racial pride for young black & Mexican Americans; gangs of white soldiers claim that bold suits are "unpatriotic", wastefully using cloth that should be saved for war effort. Los Angeles police & locals have joined the assaults. https://t.co/TkBr8syA6F RealTimeWWII photo

Bunker 13 – RAF Blakelaw

Feb 2021

See News page for announcement!

Letter of Support from RAF Museum Received.

RAF Blakelaw was a WW2 Royal Air Force Fighter command station based at what is now Kenton Bar in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Map with waves

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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