WWII in real time

14 ago
Not as impressive as the end of the last war, when German submarine U-118 washed up on the beach in Hastings, UK. It had surrendered & was being towed through Channel when a storm blew it onto shore. https://t.co/setrPNfspf RealTimeWWII photo
25 ago
Beachcombing is booming in Britain, after cases of food, pencils & a piano were found washed up on the Dorset coast- wreckage from German submarine attacks on shipping in the Channel.
5 hours ago
Hitler, finally listening to advice from German generals, has cancelled this month's planned German invasion of Belgium, Netherlands & France; he cites bad weather & the possible leak of invasion plans last week.
19 hours ago
Allied with pro-Nazi German American Bund & anti-Semitic preacher Father Charles Coughlin, the Christian Front sees "Red" (Communist) Jews as greatest threat to America. https://t.co/qLTryP8L3K RealTimeWWII photo
20 hours ago
17 men, members of the American anti-Semitic organisation the Christian Front, have been arrested in New York with a cache of weapons, accused by FBI of plotting to bomb Jewish sites & to overthrow the US government in a fascist coup. https://t.co/mwrG8YN1Kn RealTimeWWII photo
23 hours ago
Wilhelm Reich, Austrian psychoanalyst who fled to New York to escape Nazis, writes in his diary: "This war is getting wilder all the time... The human race has simply gone mad. Things are going to go completely berserk." https://t.co/uKB0D1DweN 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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