WWII in real time


Brtish Conservatives denounce BBC for playing the national anthem of the UK's new ally, the Soviet Union- Communist song the Internationale: https://t.co/xdiF4Umud2

Lenin travelling east by special train, along with expert taxidermists, embalming chemicals & valuable Tsarist treasures- all guarded by soldiers to keep out refugees trying to flee Moscow.

Soviets forces are evacuating the embalmed corpse of Lenin from his mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow, to a provincial town in Siberia, to save it from bombing or possible capture by Germans. https://t.co/WJFRqafqfm RealTimeWWII photo

1 German soldier: "Capturing these eggs is better for my unit than taking Smolensk; thinking of new recipes is more troublesome than the Russians."

German Army Group Centre, racing toward Moscow, have captured a vital prize as their supplies run out: 1 million eggs from a Red Army food store.

German panzers are grinding to a halt, waiting for marching infantry & horse-drawn fuel transport to catch up with them; Wehrmacht living off looted Russian supplies. https://t.co/iU5XVTgUNV RealTimeWWII photo

Wehrmacht triumphant, in USSR, with everyone from Hitler to ordinary German soldiers celebrating; but breakneck pace of advance is over-stretching them. https://t.co/W2bv34SS0M RealTimeWWII photo

Hitler & Mussolini are touring the borders of newly captured territory in the USSR, visiting Soviet fortress of Brest-Litovsk, captured by Germans after two weeks of vicious siege. https://t.co/V6XTI4UVEr RealTimeWWII photo

"To stiffen morale" Red Army has reintroduced Commissars- "political officers" with equal authority to military commanders, infamous for shooting fearful soldiers. https://t.co/J5dGnx0U9P RealTimeWWII photo

"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."

Blakelaw Filter Room

This facility was somewhat smaller than the Group Headquarters, but built to a similar pattern.
Filter rooms were the nerve centres of the UK radar system and vital to the success of Fighter and Bomber Command headquarters throughout the country. Information from Radar Stations, airfields, aircraft and ROC posts were directed into the Filter Room. From here, a dedicated and hard working team of RAF personnel collated all of the information to provide an as accurate as possible air picture to be passed onto the Operations Room where, commanders could direct aircraft resources.

The work done by the WAAF plotters of the Filter Room, the Movement Liaison Officers and the Filter Officers who were responsible for calculating and rectifying the position, and identifying the hundreds of tracks of hostile and friendly aircraft leaving and approaching the coasts of the British Isles, was vital. Working conditions were difficult; ventilation and heating were poor. Personnel had two fifteen minute periods when possible during the watch for a refreshment break. The food available varied considerably. Sandwiches of marmite and raw cabbage were a popular snack!
The requirement for the Filter Officers to have quick reactions was patently obvious. They had to sort out the correct position of the aircraft from the various overlapping Radar station plots which covered the same aircraft responses. They needed to estimate both height and number of aircraft, as well as direction from information given, having intimate knowledge of the siteing of the Radar stations involved and judging their accuracy. All of this had to be done with great speed as the aircraft themselves were constantly moving on to new positions. It was found that male Filterers, mostly well over thirty years of age were far too slow during periods of intense activity and they had to be removed from the table!
For the displayed information to be of value to the Operations Room, it had to be as up-to-date as possible. This meant that in times of the greatest activity, a Filter Officer must estimate and display accurate information on up to fifty different tracks within a minute. The mental stress and physical strain were intense under these conditions and when the personnel came off watch, whether officer or airman, tension was invariably high. Quite often however tired, sleep was impossible.
On the whole, it was amazing how few buckled under the strain. They all realised the importance of their work and it took a really major illness to prevent them from appearing for duty. However, subsequently, time has taken its toll of some amongst that small group. There have been instances of suicide, of recourse to alcohol in later years and bouts of deep depression. This is not to be wondered at when one considers that whilst filtering the tracks of the bomber squadrons on operations over Germany or plotting fighter sorties against incoming hostiles, these young women knew that their own husbands or sweethearts were amongst the aircrews. They would count with trepidation the numbers of the returning Allied aircraft.
The mixture of backgrounds amongst the members of the Filter Room officers was vast. Most of the senior male officers hailed from the Stock Market where they worked as brokers. It was an inspiration on the part of the RAF to choose these men for the positions as Controllers and Movement Liaison Officers. All personnel involved had to have quick reactions, good mathematical ability and be physically very energetic. The women chosen ranged from psychology or science students, young actresses, county debutantes, and grammar school high flyers to daughters of famous people – novelists, painters, musicians and vicars. But they were all dedicated to their work.
At approximately the same time another underground bunker was constructed. The communications bunker. All communications from airfield squadrons, aircraft and group headquarters were relayed through here before branching off into either the Filter room or direct into the Operations bunker. (The location of the Communications bunker is not known)

Information from http://www.websitedcm.com/bunker/filterroom.htm

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