WWII in real time

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In short term Heydrich orders "concentration of Jews from countryside into the larger cities"- creation of ghettoes. https://t.co/64DPdRlJWI
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Gestapo director Reinhard Heydrich decrees that as to Jews, "planned overall measures (i.e., the final aim) are to be kept strictly secret". https://t.co/rjAxe02Z2Z RealTimeWWII photo
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Chiefs of Einsatzgruppen, SS death squads in Poland, today received the "Heydrich Plan", instructions for action on "the Jewish question". https://t.co/tJnHHrTPH2 RealTimeWWII photo
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Cheerful troops of the British Expeditionary Force begin their journey to France, to join French troops on the Western Front with Germany. https://t.co/jMVcC4KQRA RealTimeWWII photo
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Iron Guard flee scene of shooting into Bucharest's radio station; hijacking programme to announce the "execution" before police kill all 9.
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Gestapo-trained Iron Guard assassin Miti Dumitrescu rammed Călinescu's Cadillac, then machine-gunned Romanian PM, hitting with 20 bullets. https://t.co/eEIP1pDdUs 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

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Lights! Camera! Action!

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