WWII in real time

47 ago
Luftwaffe now parachuting magnetic mines into the Thames Estuary. British minesweeping vessel HMS Mastiff was sunk by one today, killing 6 people. https://t.co/HdWnkqHQFh RealTimeWWII photo
2 hours ago
Dr. Besson: "I drifted for 4 hours. Then I saw a rope trailing from a British destroyer. I caught hold of it with my teeth & clung to it. Using my good arm I gradually hauled myself up. I was too weak to shout for help." His family have drowned.
2 hours ago
Dr. William Besson was aboard SS Simon Bolivar when it struck a mine this weekend. His spine damaged & arm broken in the explosion, he dived into the sea to try & save his son.
2 hours ago
4 more ships sunk today by mines in UK coastal waters, bringing weekend death-toll to 140. Germany denies mine-laying in shipping channels. https://t.co/wLvYf18NrI RealTimeWWII photo
5 hours ago
British Ministry of Agriculture has launched a new campaign, "Dig For Victory", to encourage growing food in gardens, parks & wasteland, to stave off threat of German U-boats. https://t.co/iPDHEx6y68 RealTimeWWII photo
6 hours ago
Playing fields of Eton (one of UK's oldest & most expensive schools) ploughed today as part of British "Grow-More-Food" programme to cope with wartime shortages. https://t.co/TWyGwFto92 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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