WWII in real time

"The Motherland is Calling!", new poster designed by Soviet artist Irakli Toidze. After his wife Tamara ran into his studio to announce outbreak of war, Irakli told her to freeze while he sketched her expression. https://t.co/aNUYmFBKlB RealTimeWWII photo

German General Blumentritt, near Smolensk: "The heat is tremendous, broken by sudden showers; these turn the roads to clinging mud before the sun bakes them back into crumbling clay."

Despite desperate series of counter-attacks & some pockets of bitter resistance, Russian roads are currently slowing German advance more than Red Army. https://t.co/nyySf7SPe9 RealTimeWWII photo

German forces now nearly 500 miles deep into USSR, with exultant Wehrmacht planning assaults on Kiev, Leningrad, & Moscow. https://t.co/vPrdawjfAf RealTimeWWII photo

Author P.G. Wodehouse continues his series of comic broadcasts from Berlin to USA, unaware that in UK Parliament he's being accused of aiding German propaganda efforts & "playing the Nazi game". https://t.co/6hfN5kTjuy

SS commander Reinhard Heydrich orders German Einsatzcommandos to step up their slaughter in the USSR, killing as well as Soviet officials, "all Jews & other people who are known to be agitators or fanatical communists."

Hitler intends to "Germanize" Russia via resettlement & extermination; "Leningrad will be razed to the ground, then handed over to the Finns." In time, Hitler plans to incorporate Finland into the Reich.

"Nazi philosopher" Alfred Rosenberg has been appointed German Minister for Occupied Eastern Territories, to "'pacify" the Reich's growing empire. https://t.co/Khrwchofjo RealTimeWWII photo

SS lawyer Rolf-Heinz Höppner writes to Adolf Eichmann: "Not all the Jews can be fed this winter; would it not be more humane to finish them off via some quick means?"

Kazimierz: "I discover that many Jews have been “transported” to the forest... An hour later the volleys began. Ten people were shot at a time. They took off their overcoats, caps, & shoes (but not their trousers!)" https://t.co/gGMWx0gCS9 RealTimeWWII photo

In Lithuania newly "liberated" by Nazis, Kazimierz Sakowicz starts a diary: "Quite nice weather, warm, white clouds, windy, some shots from the forest... This was the first day of executions."

Yakov Stalin refuses to answer questions in German interrogation; besides he has little info to give. The last words Stalin said to his son were 3 weeks ago: "Go. Fight."

An uprising has broken out against Italian occupiers of Montenegro. Italian gendarmes have already fled many towns, faced by an insurgent force of former Yugoslavian army troops & Communist guerrillas.

Stalin's son Yakov, a lieutenant in the Red Army, has been captured by the Germans. One of his comrades revealed his identity when SS threatened to shoot the dark-haired "Jew". https://t.co/rjDnLbusiv RealTimeWWII photo

Hitler plans for huge swathes of the USSR to be intergrated directly into the Reich & settled by Germans: Ukraine for food, Baku for oil, Crimea as a holiday destination. Read minutes of secret meeting: https://t.co/K6TprSELnR

Nazis plans for all of Russia up to Urals to become a German fiefdom, with all Slavs kept as a slave labour force; Goering suggests: "We can drop bombs in case of riots."

Hitler: I do not mind that Stalin has ordered guerilla war in areas conquered by Germans, as "now we can eradicate everyone who opposes us."

Hitler & his chief ministers are now in secret meeting to discuss "cutting up the cake" of Russia: "to dominate, administer & exploit” once German conquest is complete.

New York Times map shows the Soviet Union's "vast storehouse of natural resources- both a tempting prize to the German invader & a bulwark of the Russian defense." https://t.co/TdvympfXIz RealTimeWWII photo

German forces have smashed through the Stalin Line- network of fortresses built on old western border of the USSR, but never completed because Soviets had moved border west by occupying Poland. https://t.co/hvZjOcMgy7 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.

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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