WWII in real time

6 hours ago
After 3 days of delay & pleas from German commanders, Hitler has rescinded the "halt order" instructing German tanks to wait for infantry to catch up- panzers can surge into Flanders. https://t.co/j3DuGcD8Os RealTimeWWII photo
6 hours ago
11.30PM Bill arrives at Augusta's house on bike: "Get your things. You're British now. This is the only way you can be safe." Disguised as a soldier in steel helmet & greatcoat, Augusta is smuggled aboard an army truck.
6 hours ago
One British soldier ordered to evacuate from Dunkirk is Bill Hersey, who married a French girl, Augusta, 2 months ago. Bill's Captain tells him "Go & get her."
7 hours ago
Calais has fallen; French, Belgian & British troops surrendering. Germans amazed how few British remain in the Citadel: "You fought with great courage." https://t.co/3kcF1u2Fxv RealTimeWWII photo
8 hours ago
Churchill: If Britain can get peace & independence by surrendering some land "I would be happy to get out of our present difficulties." Several British ministers favour deal with Hitler.
8 hours ago
British War Cabinet now discussing negotiated peace with Germany, which Mussolini has offered to arrange. Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax wants to give in.

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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