WWII in real time

7 hours ago
Hitler appoints Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz as next leader of Nazi Reich, displacing disgraced Göring & Himmler. https://t.co/17R8DoTA6H https://t.co/zUxwKmlnwW RealTimeWWII photo
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Before his suicide, Hitler dictated "political testament", rambling self-justification of Nazi failures that blames "war-mongers" & Jews. https://t.co/d1l5DyAwki RealTimeWWII photo
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Hitler was Führer of Nazi German Reich for over a decade. Now he's half-burned bones in a shallow bomb crater in ruins of his Chancellery. https://t.co/aUn2hN7LBs RealTimeWWII photo
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As Goebbels & other Nazis salute Hitlers' burning corpses, drunken SS man runs into bunker canteen: "Come & see. They're burning the boss!"
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Adolf & Eva's corpses carried to garden of Reich Chancellery, wrapped in blanket. Soaked in gasoline, they're set alight with burning rags. https://t.co/yoNugPXo7N RealTimeWWII photo
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Hitler's valet, Heinz Linge, finds him slumped on a sofa, gunshot dripping blood. His new wife Eva is next to him, lips twisted from cyanide https://t.co/qSzynQx323 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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