WWII in real time

2 hours ago
William Shirer reports from Berlin: "This is Hitler's masterpiece. From now on, the German people will say war is the fault of the English."
3 hours ago
German radio announces that UK government has rejected Hitler's "generous offer of peace, with 95% of British Empire intact." General public reaction in Berlin: "stubborn English fools".
3 hours ago
Following rigged public referendums, Estonia, Latvia, & Lithuania have been annexed by the USSR- they are now part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
6 hours ago
Brauchitsch tells Hitler that initial research suggests German invasion of USSR will take "four to six weeks... to defeat the Russian Army", which has "fifty to seventy-five good divisions".
6 hours ago
With Britain "almost defeated", Hitler is advocating an invasion of Russia this autumn: "It will be an easy victory, compared to France." He orders General Brauchitsch to plan the attack.
7 hours ago
Hitler, to his German generals: "England's situation is hopeless. The war has been won by us. A reversal of our successes is impossible."

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.


 

Look North visit 2015

Lights! Camera! Action!

Lights! Camera! Action!

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