WWII in real time

12 hours ago
German scientists & military have evacuated Peenemünde Army Research Centre, birthplace of V1 & V2 rockets, as Red Army closes in from east. https://t.co/9R6fM3vYlv RealTimeWWII photo
1 day ago
US Marine invaders fighting their way up Iwo Jima's volcanic ash beaches, inch by inch, towards Japanese positions on Mount Suribachi. https://t.co/dXGMHtdIMd RealTimeWWII photo
2 days ago
"…At the end, stab the enemy as he stabs you." Determined to inflict maximum casualties on overwhelming US force in futile defence of island https://t.co/IsYm3KtWu4 RealTimeWWII photo
2 days ago
Japanese commander of Iwo Jima, Gen. Kuribayashi, orders: "Keep fighting even if you are wounded in the battle. Do not get taken prisoner…" https://t.co/3JdT4aywHf RealTimeWWII photo
3 days ago
Landing craft crammed with Marines sail towards beaches of Iwo Jima, after punishing bombardment from US Navy smashed Japanese defences. https://t.co/IkquFi9ixd RealTimeWWII photo
3 days ago
US forces have begin amphibious assault on island of Iwo Jima, with 110,000 Marines fighting ~20,000 Japanese defenders in fortified caves. https://t.co/VObKtzVFgH 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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