WWII in real time

11 hours ago
U.S. "peace envoy" Sumner Welles flying back to America tonight, after tour of Germany, France, Italy & UK to advocate disarmament & negotiated peace. Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini & Daladier have all rejected his proposals.
15 hours ago
German newspapers describe yesterday's Luftwaffe raid on Scapa Flow- which 1 Scottish civilian & 7 sailors- as "a portent of what England may expect" from aerial bombing.
19 hours ago
French soldier Jean-Paul Sartre: "The war machine is running in neutral; 1 of the men in my unit said to me, insane hope in his eyes: 'England will climb down, no-one will fight.'"
1 day ago
Last Finnish civilians leaving Viipuri, as Soviet forces occupy the city tomorrow; 1 officer: "It was upsetting to see villages burning in battle; it is more so to leave undamaged houses for the Russians."
2 days ago
A flight of German bombers returning from attacking British fleet at Scapa Flow has accidentally hit tiny Scottish hamlet of Brig o'Waithe- James Isbister, 27, is the first British civilian killed by a German bomb. https://t.co/Zdmdjupb1Z RealTimeWWII photo
2 days ago
New German decree orders creation of licensed police-run brothels under medical supervision, "to protect Wehrmacht members against health dangers". To prevent "racial mixing", Jewish prostitutes banned.

The Site


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.


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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