WWII in real time

2 hours ago
Churchill hopes for "Operation Lucid" to burn German invasion transports at anchor, as Spanish Armada was once burned by Sir Francis Drake's fireships: "Let's singe Mr. Hitler's moustache."
2 hours ago
2 British tankers, packed with explosive fuel, are sailing towards French coast- fire ships meant to explode in port, incinerating ships of the German invasion fleet. https://t.co/Y5ShWyJSxo RealTimeWWII photo
6 hours ago
American film magazine Look advertises upcoming Charlie Chaplin film "The Great Dictator". Might be a satire. https://t.co/LOL1JyCf2p RealTimeWWII photo
17 hours ago
After sinking Vichy French submarine Ajax (after evacuating all of its 61 crew), Anglo-French fleet is sailing away from Dakar- de Gaulle has abandoned Operation Menace.
18 hours ago
High street in English town of Esher, near London, now being sprayed with tear gas by government- to test British preparedness for poison gas attack. https://t.co/3rciqdpKtF RealTimeWWII photo
21 hours ago
Free French & British forces have spent all day trying to fight their way into Dakar harbour- alternating between swapping shellfire with Vichy French defenders & making pleas for them to join forces & fight against Germany. https://t.co/6oqcqZYDW1 RealTimeWWII photo

The Site

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The surface surrounding the bunker has changed considerably since the War. One of the major changes was the dismantling of the many Nissen Huts and water tanks that existed in the early 1940’s. The other was the erection of the DSS buildings in 1948 to house offices of the fledgling National Health Service.

The area actually on top did used to contain many shrubs and trees (as can be seen from the map) though today it is just grassed over. There is still some greenery that exists on the south side around the concrete mast plinths.

The bunker had two main entrances/exits, on the west and east side for obvious reasons (in case of attack, fire etc.).

The map below shows the site in 1948, as it was at the time.

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There was also a generator hut with surrounding blast wall (not shown on map). It could be found at the west side of the compound, close to Ponteland Road just inside the fence.

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