WWII in real time

17 ago
Not as impressive as the end of the last war, when German submarine U-118 washed up on the beach in Hastings, UK. It had surrendered & was being towed through Channel when a storm blew it onto shore. https://t.co/setrPNfspf RealTimeWWII photo
28 ago
Beachcombing is booming in Britain, after cases of food, pencils & a piano were found washed up on the Dorset coast- wreckage from German submarine attacks on shipping in the Channel.
5 hours ago
Hitler, finally listening to advice from German generals, has cancelled this month's planned German invasion of Belgium, Netherlands & France; he cites bad weather & the possible leak of invasion plans last week.
19 hours ago
Allied with pro-Nazi German American Bund & anti-Semitic preacher Father Charles Coughlin, the Christian Front sees "Red" (Communist) Jews as greatest threat to America. https://t.co/qLTryP8L3K RealTimeWWII photo
20 hours ago
17 men, members of the American anti-Semitic organisation the Christian Front, have been arrested in New York with a cache of weapons, accused by FBI of plotting to bomb Jewish sites & to overthrow the US government in a fascist coup. https://t.co/mwrG8YN1Kn RealTimeWWII photo
23 hours ago
Wilhelm Reich, Austrian psychoanalyst who fled to New York to escape Nazis, writes in his diary: "This war is getting wilder all the time... The human race has simply gone mad. Things are going to go completely berserk." https://t.co/uKB0D1DweN 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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