WWII in real time

Stalin angrily denies German deserter's "lies" of a planned Nazi attack: "Why believe anything from a traitor?" NKVD have arrested the German.

A Wehrmacht deserter has crossed the Soviet border in Poland & turned himself in to Red Army- with claims that Germany is planning an invasion of the USSR.

As the Army of Epirus, last troops defending northern Greece, surrender to the Axis, British are attempting to evacuate to Crete- while Luftwaffe mercilessly bomb southern ports. New York Times map shows the Allied collapse: https://t.co/p4q0iHEjpq RealTimeWWII photo

To volunteer to fight in the SS, Finns must be aged 17-23, minimum height of 170cm, have good teeth & "impeccable Aryan ancestry".

To mark the German-Finnish alliance, Nazis are recruiting an SS regiment of volunteer Finns for their planned "crusade against Bolshevism". https://t.co/x6jk663UX2 RealTimeWWII photo

The King of Greece, George II had ordered that his palace's wine cellars be opened & bottles given to Allied soldiers, before Germans can loot them. Each enlisted man gets one bottle, & each officer two.

Jean Baldwin, in Blitzed Plymouth: "Leaving school we're hit by the smell of charred wood & gas from fractured pipes." 3700 houses have been destroyed, leaving thousands homeless. https://t.co/FTA27Liwk5 RealTimeWWII photo

In Plymouth, a communal air raid shelter in Portland Square has suffered a direct hit from a German high-explosive bomb. 76 people hiding from the Blitz killed. https://t.co/GCoCh2lUdM RealTimeWWII photo

German invaders of Yugoslavia have killed 36 Serbian civilians in city of Pancevo, hanging & shooting locals in random reprisal for "partisans" firing at Wehrmacht. https://t.co/vGfElY5ksX RealTimeWWII photo

9-year-old Jean Baldwin, in Plymouth: "We were sheltering with mother in the cupboard under the stairs when father says the next-door house is on fire & we have to run. Outside the night is as light as day- every building is blazing."

Plymouth racked by bombings; force of explosions has blown a double-decker bus onto the roof of the gutted central bus garage. https://t.co/YK86EQ0Xu8 RealTimeWWII photo

Luftwaffe now attacking Plymouth in a brutal Blitz- British have lit decoy fires outside town to try & distract bombers, but city is still being smashed. https://t.co/TGPI8SwLfg RealTimeWWII photo

German panzer & mountain divisions now assaulting Thermopylae, where Anzac troops are making a last stand to protect the Allied retreat. Australian General Vasey: "Here we bloody well are & here we bloody well stay.” https://t.co/WgjqUGjVus RealTimeWWII photo

After threats from German occupiers, Danish bookseller changes sign to: “Learn German in just 10 days- quickly, before our friends the Nazis leave.”

In Nazi-occupied Denmark, a bookseller has been fined for advertising: “Learn English in just 10 days- quickly, before the Tommies arrive!”

Sepp Dietrich, head of SS "Adolf Hitler" regiment, has accepted surrender of northern Greek forces- in secret, to avoid angering the Germans' Italian allies.

Allied troops are retreating in Greece via truck & lorry- leaving outflanked Greek soldiers trudging south to try & get away from Germans: https://t.co/rNnDpZ8W5b RealTimeWWII photo

New stamp issued to mark Hitler’s birthday; as with all German stamps, postal service pays to license the Führer’s likeness, paying Hitler millions of Reichsmarks. https://t.co/itrkuk1lID RealTimeWWII photo

Yesterday was Hitler’s 52nd birthday. German radio announces he spent the day in the Balkans, “directing victorious Wehrmacht troops as they advance into Greece.”

German radio claims British have shot all heathy animals in Belfast Zoo, so that they can blame Luftwaffe bombs for killing them; Nazis denounce the British for inventing "atrocity fairytales".

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.

Map with waves

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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