WWII in real time

50,000 people have been arrested across France by Nazi occupiers & their French police allies, in revenge for mass sabotage of German-controlled railways.

Dnieper Dam was “most popular of all the immense projects of the Five-Year Plan… Stalin's order to destroy it meant more to the Russians emotionally than it would mean to us for Roosevelt to order the destruction of the Panama Canal.” https://t.co/Arv7StC0b9 RealTimeWWII photo

American journalist Hubert Knickerbocker: “The Russians have proved now by their destruction of the great dam at Dniepropetrovsk that they mean truly to scorch the earth before Hitler… a will to resist I could scarcely have imagined.” https://t.co/QUClto9Uhl RealTimeWWII photo

30 metre waves are crashing down the river Dnieper drowning 1000s of Germans & Soviets, army & civillians alike- no warning was given by NKVD demolition squad. https://t.co/47AqbwhV1v RealTimeWWII photo

Soviet engineers have blasted a massive hole in the Dnieper Dam, biggest hydroelectric dam in Europe, to flood advancing German troops with millions of tons of water- & kill 1000s of unsuspecting civilians. https://t.co/IbxUmNGxQO RealTimeWWII photo

Opposition to Aktion T4's "euthanasia" is led by the Bishop of Munster, Clemens von Galen, who's calling on "the Führer to defend the German people against the Gestapo."

For the first time since the Nazis took power, Hitler has been booed by crowd of angry Germans- protesting "Aktion T4" program of killing the mentally ill.

Hitler has again vetoed a direct Wehrmacht advance on Moscow, in bid to quickly seize Soviet capital- his adjutant claims he has a superstitious fear of following the route used by Napoleon's army - & repeating his defeat.

Churchill orders UK to prepare for "gas warfare on a tremendous scale"- maximize production of mustard gas & other chemical weapons, ready for use on a potential German invasion.

By brilliant interrogation (under threat of prison or execution), Abwehr spies are turned into double agents; John Masterman, head of Double Cross: MI5 now "actively runs & controls the German espionage system in the UK".

Jakobs was tried in a secret military court, to conceal the fact that British intelligence knew he was coming: the "Double Cross" system has intercepted every German spy in UK & used them to feed misinformation to Berlin.

German spy Josef Jakobs has been executed by firing squad at the Tower of London, tied to a chair because he broke his ankle parachuting into the UK. https://t.co/yqxVf1Gqi5 RealTimeWWII photo

Aerial photography shows British bombing is incredibly ineffective: on average it takes 40 bombers to damage a target, each bomber kills ¾ of a civilian.

UK government officials quietly shocked by new "Butt Report"- analysis of reconnaissance photos shows that only 1 in 3 British planes drops its bombs within 5 miles of target during night raids: https://t.co/bXHVJVhrtG

Himmler, pale & heaving, is shocked by brutality of mass killing. He orders research on more "humane" methods of execution, less traumatic to SS executioners. More: https://t.co/QBvE6h4Jzi

Karl Wolff, Himmler's adjutant (right), accompanies SS chief to mass shooting: "He'd never seen dead people before. He stood at the edge of the open grave- & got brains splashed on his face & coat." https://t.co/nK5EUVKFCL RealTimeWWII photo

For Himmler's inspection, SS Einsatzgruppe B pick 100 Jews from Minsk to be shot. Among them, Himmler spots a young blond boy. Himmler: "Are you sure you're a Jew?" Boy: "Yes." "You have no Aryan ancestors?" "No." "Then I can't help- I did all I could." All shot.

Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, is touring the German-controlled USSR, viewing Nazi efforts to eliminate "subhumans". He's asked to see his first "shooting operation". https://t.co/KDZsTbtt7i RealTimeWWII photo

UK has agreed first ever trade treaty with USSR, to mark new anti-Nazi alliance: Britain extends £10 million loan to the Soviets, Churchill claims they're "a good credit risk".

Senior Communist Party officials are secretly evacuating their children & wives from Moscow, while declaring the Germans will never approach the city.

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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