WWII in real time


New York Times advert offers Americans new service to send parcels of rationed food to isolated & hungry British Isles: tea, butter, sugar, jarred bacon & tinned ham. https://t.co/EiZZaKTwVr RealTimeWWII photo

The "Lion of Judah"- who lived until last year as "Mr. Smith" in Bath, UK- proclaims Italy "cornered" in North Africa, urges Ethiopians to "rise up".

Ex-Emperor Haile Selassie is back in Ethiopia, with British Army, to spur national revolt against Italian occupiers of his former kingdom. https://t.co/1nTEK9SRJD RealTimeWWII photo

Invading Thai troops have crossed their eastern border- attacking French forces in Indochina, hoping to grab land from a weak colonial power.

Guardian newspaper runs a readers' contest to write obituaries for their New Year's Resolutions- from the stillborn (stop smoking) to war casualties (love thy enemies): https://t.co/DpD7xImkfD

Chinese Communists and Nationalists are theoretically united into National Revolutionary Army to resist Japanese invaders. Communist 4th Army have been surrounded in town of Maolin, fighting 80,000 Nationalist troops for 9 days.

2000 Chinese Communist soldiers, survivors of decimated 4th Army, now surrendering to Chinese Nationalist "allies" who've almost wiped them out

Lodz Chronicle: Ghetto so full of corpses, "a sideless hauling wagon has to be loaded with dozens at same time". More: https://t.co/C36SzMaY

Public rejoicing & celebration in streets of Athens- Greek soldiers have captured town of Klisura, driving Italian army into icy mountains.

Group of Jewish journalists led by Julian Cukier are secretly keeping "A Chronicle of Lodz Ghetto": "You can't even die these days... A minimum of three days’ wait to bury the dead, sometimes even ten days, has become an everyday occurrence."

In the Jewish ghetto of Nazi-occupied Lodz, death rates are soaring from cold, hunger & disease- 50+ deaths a day. 200 gravediggers needed to break the frozen earth. https://t.co/cnGkB9lBTH RealTimeWWII photo

Plymouth has no electricity or gas after an overnight raid by 50 Luftwaffe bombers- hundreds homeless in freezing weather. https://t.co/GHscXHyOoV RealTimeWWII photo

Hitler is meeting King Boris of Bulgaria, "inviting" him to join Fascist Axis alliance- & let German troops march through his territory in order to attack Greece.

Greeks back on the attack in Albania; elite Italian Lupi di Toscana ("Wolves of Tuscany") division are surrounded. Over 1000 of them have surrendered so far.

James Joyce: "I’ve put in so many enigmas & puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, & that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality."

Irish author James Joyce has died in Zurich- German invasion of France drove him & his wife Nora from self-imposed exile in Paris. Over last 3 years, they helped 16 Jewish refugees also escape the Nazis. https://t.co/BsrmArA4AO https://t.co/KBfBsDP2Vd RealTimeWWII photo

Chief Nazi propagandist Goebbels accuses British Prime Minister Churchill of operating a "lie factory", concealing losses to German U-boats & bombs; https://t.co/b42jwwwUXc

Nazis have launched a fresh propaganda Blitzkrieg on Churchill; cartoon titled "calendar of a condemned man" show British PM waiting to be hanged, counting bombed British cities on wall: https://t.co/FRIsyAidja RealTimeWWII photo

British Command in Libya complain of "troublesome & rowdy" Australians & New Zealand troops. Australian Prime Minister wires back: "I understand the Italians find them most troublesome"

Japanese Army issuing new Field Service Code, ordering soldiers: "The destiny of the Empire rests upon victory or defeat in battle. Do not give up under any circumstances." https://t.co/lEezF5p6cl

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.

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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Bunker13 Ltd is currently unable to arrange visits to the bunker.


 

Look North visit 2015

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