WWII in real time

5 hours ago
New York barkeep Bernard “Toots” Shor mocks new US midnight alcohol curfew: "Any bum who can’t get drunk by midnight ain’t trying." https://t.co/s7qxP7YZ2w RealTimeWWII photo
5 hours ago
Grumbling US saloon-keepers suspect new midnight alcohol curfew is to stop Americans "wasting" money on booze & encourage buying war bonds. https://t.co/qa8zjqdFwn RealTimeWWII photo
5 hours ago
US govt. orders nationwide drinking curfew at midnight, with bars, nightclubs & pubs closed early to save fuel & manpower for war effort. https://t.co/iUQgBz6na9 RealTimeWWII photo
2 days ago
Red Army troops have captured Poznań, after a month-long siege that has delayed Soviet drive on Berlin & left occupied Polish city in ruins. https://t.co/NFbccxUAS3 RealTimeWWII photo
3 days ago
Hitler: "25 years ago I predicted Nazi victory. Today, filled with belief in our nation, I predict the final victory of the German race."
3 days ago
25 years ago today, Hitler launched the Nazi programme in Munich; now, in bombed Berlin, he speaks again: https://t.co/VT5K0JPLLE https://t.co/5wMG0ZCKPK 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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Look North visit 2015

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