WWII in real time

8 hours ago
Polish & Belgian governments-in-exile, have fled to London; Nazis have conquered their original state of refuge, France.
9 hours ago
German engineers are demolishing Compiègne's local museum to extract the train carriage in which German generals signed the 1918 armistice to end the Great War. Hitler intends the positions to be reversed. https://t.co/8G51efXBOM RealTimeWWII photo
9 hours ago
Hitler has announced location for French armistice negotiations: Compiègne Forest, the same spot where Germany surrendered the First World War, 22 years ago.
9 hours ago
32 Italian divisions are now crossing the French border; despite joining the Axis just last week, Mussolini is determined to conquer some territory & cement his victory with blood. https://t.co/SLUpGoKYpZ RealTimeWWII photo
9 hours ago
Rommel has captured Cherbourg. His panzers- nicknamed "Ghost Division" as they appear from nowhere- have taken 100,000+ prisoners in 6 weeks.
10 hours ago
“Canadian Fuhrer”, Adrien Arcand is one of the fascists now en-route to remote prison camp in Alberta. Canada has interned 847 Germans, 632 Italians, & 44 Communist Ukrainians as potential traitors. https://t.co/DlIPwMJHw0 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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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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