WWII in real time

4 hours ago
The Finnish fallback defence line has been breached by Red Army tanks. Soviet artillery shells now landing on Finnish city of Viipuri. https://t.co/hrEf8hKddu RealTimeWWII photo
4 hours ago
Finnish soldier Wolf Halsti: "The same young ensign is back, blood on his clothes, asking for more food. Lost half his men when the Russians broke through. The boys scattered, tanks drove over & crushed them. They couldn't work out to load their guns in time."
7 hours ago
All factories, farms & forests in occupied Poland not owned by ethnic Germans are to be confiscated "to strengthen the Reich".
11 hours ago
UK "daring" has consequences: Hitler is ordering more rapid preparations for Operation Weserübung- the German invasion of Norway and Denmark.
11 hours ago
Hitler privately remarks that he thinks the Royal Navy boarding German ship Altmark in Norwegian waters is "daring- who cares about international law?"
14 hours ago
Red Army tanks are now smashing against the Intermediate Line- which 1 Finnish general calls "nothing more than a coloured line on the map". https://t.co/rmM4fObAHb 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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