WWII in real time

"Dekemvriana"- December battles- have seen 2000+ Greeks killed in UK-ELAS clashes, with Communists now surrendering to right-wing Greek govt https://t.co/ChV61enqlI RealTimeWWII photo

UK Gen. Ronald Scobie, leading army on behalf of Greek govt., has fought Communist partisans to standstill, bombing Athens's Metz quarter. https://t.co/uHT2pAHFv5 RealTimeWWII photo

After weeks of fighting between Communist militias & British troops across Greece, left-wing ELAS calls ceasefire & agrees to disarm. https://t.co/icXcSmI4ZU RealTimeWWII photo

As Red Army approaches, Nazi SS have started to empty concentration camps in east Poland, marching 1000s of starving prisoners through snow.

Fresh Soviet offensive & Allied counter-attack in Ardennes mean German forces are now being squeezed on western & eastern borders of Reich: https://t.co/C99IkUIPEN RealTimeWWII photo

Axis forces overwhelmed by millions of Red Army men pouring west across Vistula; most German "divisions" now significantly understrength. https://t.co/aMAOSB1gvz RealTimeWWII photo

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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