WWII in real time

14 hours ago
At Potsdam conference, UK represented by both Churchill & Labour leader Atlee, as either could be PM- election result unknown until 26 July. https://t.co/ne9dclqHoS RealTimeWWII photo
14 hours ago
At Potsdam conference, Truman & Churchill send warning to Japan: US patience "rapidly running out", surrender or face "virtual destruction".
1 day ago
Australian, Dutch & US troops on Borneo break Japanese resistance at Balikpapan, last garrison on island; jungle still full of guerrillas. https://t.co/qHZfkO6osK RealTimeWWII photo
3 days ago
Japan's govt. increasingly desperate to hear Allied peace terms- to keep USSR, currently neutral, out of war & stop devastating US bombing.
4 days ago
Japanese foreign minister Togo orders Moscow ambassador to ask surrender terms: "we are secretly giving consideration to termination of war"
4 days ago
Ammo depot explosions shatter windows, collapse buildings in nearby Halifax- but city evacuated, sparing death toll of 1917 explosion (2000) https://t.co/Mjl1UjfJ8Q 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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