WWII in real time


Cigarette company taking advantage of American military buildup to advertise "Army Man's Favorite Cigarette- the Camel": https://t.co/y3zPTb1l49 RealTimeWWII photo

Freezing temperatures in USSR bring one advantage to Germans: Russian roads, until now rivers of mud thanks to heavy rains, have frozen & become usable for Wehrmacht advance. https://t.co/bGpBEeqzBE RealTimeWWII photo

Mueller: To avoid public scenes, "Russians unable to withstand a short walk to the camp shall be executed on the spot." https://t.co/iTGD9ZRbjX RealTimeWWII photo

Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller complains: "5-10% of Soviet prisoners collapse dead marching to concentration camps." It is impossible to prevent German civilians from noticing the deaths.

Winter gear is finally being issued to German troops in the USSR; due to shortages of previously "unneeded" equipment, just one greatcoat issued to each Wehrmacht artillery team- of four men.

Today is Polish Independence day. 23 years after becoming an independent state, Poland is now totally occupied by Nazi Germany. 150 Polish prisoners have been murdered in concentration camp of Auschwitz: https://t.co/jz9Q60t7Cd
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Auschwitz Memorial @AuschwitzMuseum
11 November 1941 | On the Polish Independence Day the Germans carried out the first execution by shooting in the yard of Block 11 of the #Auschwitz camp. Most probably 151 people were shot in the back of their heads - almost all of them Poles. #11listopada 1/5 https://t.co/C9HmI7FKyo

Sgt. York, US war hero: "There are those who ask me & other veterans of World War Number One, 'What did it get you?' The thing they forget is that liberty & freedom & democracy are so very precious that you do not fight to win them once and stop." https://t.co/gdAlnbZzvK RealTimeWWII photo

As USA marks Armistice Day, President Roosevelt: this year, Americans can "measure our indebtedness to those who died" to defeat the tyranny that has now swept across Europe: https://t.co/71n0asjfoR https://t.co/zt8ZI7qXil RealTimeWWII photo

Mass Observation survey notes many Britons claim Armistice Day "has lost its meaning", ignore two minutes' silence; one First World War veteran says: "I was terribly disappointed it was not observed. It belongs to the last war, not this one."

After 14 years planning & construction, the Australian War Memorial has opened in Canberra. 2 years ago it was changed from commemorating the First World War to remembrance of all Australian war dead, as it became clear that the "war to end all wars" hadn't. https://t.co/Cd0OONJH7U RealTimeWWII photo

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them."
Please be silent for the next 2 minutes.

Today is Armistice Day- commemorating the end of the "Great War" 23 years ago today. Memorials have been scaled back in UK this year, so as not to hamper war effort.

Churchill announces that "should the USA become involved in war with Japan, the British declaration of war will follow within the hour."

In Changteh, China, Japanese planes are dropping wheat, rice, & cotton on civilian towns- all infested with fleas carrying the bubonic plague, cultivated by Japanese army scientists.

Special Japanese envoy Saburo Kurusu offers to withdraw Imperial Army from "most of China" if USA lifts sanctions; Americans instead demands Japan "totally eschew conquest."

As Japanese diplomats attempt last-ditch negotiations in Washington, Japanese Army mobilizes for simultaneous strikes on Malaya & Philippines. Japanese foreign office has been given deadline of 30 November to avert war.

New York Times claims "Tokyo is readying for some war; the Japanese are fanatic & gloomy, the city grim & thought-controlled."

Patricia Agnew, wife of Force K's Captain, hears of her husband's victory on the wireless: "I was so amazed I dropped several stitches in my knitting." https://t.co/yC9zvWdojn RealTimeWWII photo

Force K have sunk 2 Italian destroyers, crippled a third, smashed 9 merchant ships & set a tanker ablaze- without a single British casualty. https://t.co/RWuQ0LuqZo RealTimeWWII photo

From an officer aboard British destroyer HMS Penelope: "Our quarry never saw us coming. Italian merchant ships burst into flames as soon as we hit them- all too easy."

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.

One Response to The Site

  • Hazel Fleming says:

    Great talk on this the other night. I worked in a Govt block on the site in the late 60s/early 70s and have always wondered what the odd buildings we could see from the windows were for. Rumours were that it was an RSG (Regional Seat of Government) and, though it wasn’t that, it was top secret and had a Cold War use so perhaps the rumours weren’t that far off. Fascinating and suprising that it survives. Many thanks.

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