WWII in real time

4 hours ago
Neubaufahrzeug is German for "new construction vehicle". Under cover name Großtraktor (heavy tractor), this tank was developed in secret while Germany was still banned from making weapons under the Treaty of Versailles. https://t.co/rmUguDrhCh RealTimeWWII photo
4 hours ago
3 prototype Neubaufahrzeug heavy tanks have arrived with the German invaders in Norway; rather slow & unreliable, they're being paraded in Oslo to intimidate locals. https://t.co/3xdwLRTEh8 RealTimeWWII photo
5 hours ago
Dutch government declaring "state of siege" & mobilising border troops- but insists it is still neutral & does not favour Allies or Germany.
7 hours ago
Overnight, 3 battalions of Chasseurs Alpins, elite French mountain troops, landed in Norway; but their skis have been packed without straps to secure them to feet- completely useless. https://t.co/FeW2dy86w4 RealTimeWWII photo
23 hours ago
Eiliv: "The Germans raised a white flag, but the men around me didn't stop firing, so neither did I. We continued until they lay still."
24 hours ago
Eiliv Hauge (22) from Oslo, volunteered for Norwegian Army one week ago: "We poured down bullets- the Germans tried to hide under their buses." https://t.co/cMGuB2cG4I 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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