WWII in real time


New German decree: Jews living in the Reich may not shelter from bombing "alongside Aryans"; air-raid shelters must be segregated.

British cartoonist David Low shows Mussolini's invasion of Greece faced with resistance: "Help! Here's one showing fight!" https://t.co/PQCYUKesAu RealTimeWWII photo

Stalin's emissary asked what was the interest of "Nazi Germany in Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria & Greece"; Hitler, privately: "See how he plots to steal Europe from me?"

Molotov, Soviet Foreign Commissar, has departed Berlin with Hitler's promise of friendship- & has left the Führer determined to attack the USSR soon.

Greek army attacking city of Koritza, Italian base in Albania- Italians being bombarded with their own artillery, abandoned during retreat.

Remaining 172 unidentified corpses (of 568) from Coventry bombing- many so burned as to no longer look human- being buried in a mass grave.

Nazi Governor of Poland, Dr. Hans Frank, boasts: "The Warsaw ghetto is so secure a cat could not get out!" Guards placed on walls to stop food being smuggled inside.

The Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has now been sealed off from the outside world, by orders of German occupiers. ~400,000 people trapped inside its walls. https://t.co/2Q7Zyaryqs RealTimeWWII photo

Tiny Greek airforce- & allied planes of the RAF- have scored first victories: 10 Italian planes shot down en-route to bomb advancing Greek army.

Nazi cartoon claims to show Winston Churchill's "madman's philosophy": "Our Empire is so large that it hardly matters if a small island burns down." https://t.co/5m3O6jnsUG RealTimeWWII photo

Bombing has returned to London. George Orwell notes in his diary: "I never thought I should live to grow blasé about the sound of gunfire, but so I have."

French town of Menton is mocking the defeats of neighbouring Italians by posting signs along the border: "Greeks, advance no further- this is French territory."

Greek troops have broken through Italian lines on the Albanian border- black-uniformed "Elite Fascisti" divisions fleeing into the mountains.

Martial law has been declared in Coventry, to help evacuate homeless citizens & speed rescues from the wreckage of overnight bombing. https://t.co/NH4qSwlfn0 RealTimeWWII photo

Coventry's factories, warehouses, & dairies are still burning. Local man Harry Ward: "I had to run for my life from a knee-high river of boiling butter." https://t.co/AcV3bFcLbg RealTimeWWII photo

Nazi propagandist Goebbels exults over Luftwaffe raid, announces that new word "Coventriert" will now be used to describe cities "totally destroyed from the air". https://t.co/5YrSikcPiV RealTimeWWII photo

Reporter Hilde Marchant: "Surreal scenes in Coventry: 100s of dogs & cats, turned into strays overnight; a man boiling a kettle on an incendiary bomb."

People of Coventry are emerging from air-raid shelters after a night of devastating German bombing. 60,000 of city's 75,000 buildings ruined. 500+ people are dead. https://t.co/QMosXZ7Bed RealTimeWWII photo

Bombs still falling. 6000ft above Coventry, Luftwaffe pilot Werner Handorf is amazed by "the prickling of my nostrils- I can smell the city burning." https://t.co/sEdE69t5BP RealTimeWWII photo

Coventry Cathedral has collapsed. Fireman Albert Fearn: "This is the end. We'll be dead lucky if we see the sun again." https://t.co/Le9yuPccge RealTimeWWII photo

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  • Peter Hammill says:

    I am enquiring as to whether it is possible for school groups to visit the bunker. Would appreciate a reply.

    Thanks

    Peter

  • Cath Morris says:

    Hi

    We’re going to develop some Secret Bunker boxes of artefacts for schools and community groups to borrow! Would anyone involved in the Preservation Group be interested in helping us decide what should go in these Boxes of Delight? If so please email me!

    Many thanks, Cath

  • Lucie Potter says:

    We are launching the listening trail in Blakelaw Park and Kenton Library on Thursday 8 August 2-5pm.
    Would Bunker 13 be interested in taking part – for example as for the mini fest event in May 2011, having a stall with information about the bunkers and campaign?

    Excerpts from the Local History talk at City Library given by Michael Younger, together with the walk round with John Ellis and Michael Hunsley are part of the trail. It would be fantastic if you could attend – your input has helped tremendously with the content.

    It is a fantastic opportunity to help raise the profile of Bunker 13 with the local community and we are planning for good media coverage of the event.

    I am planning a number of activities to take place in Blakelaw Park – creating a good event for people. It would be great and fitting if Bunker 13 had a presence there, especially in the run up to the memorial day of 15 August, the Hardest Day.

    I look forward to hearing from you Bunker 13!

    Best wishes, Lucie

  • Rob Milne says:

    Hi
    Can you tell me when the bunker was given a grade 2 listing.

    Regards, Rob.

  • I was in the bunker in the late50s or early 60s. I was a student and had a summer job as a porter with a Necastle store that government approval/contract to a variety of jobs. One was to move a perpex board of a map of what may have been a series of rings perhaps showing possible fallout areas following a thermonuclear attack on the city. As the task of moving it (a similar size to a school black board on castors) could have been done by a six-year old. However our team of about six of us took most of the day to complete it. (HM Gov paying us. A good job well done?) With time on my hands I explored further. It seemed to be very much ready for action. The entry seemed to have a positive air pressure as you entered. The long steps down were fully illuminated as was the very large plotting room. I think there were tunnels of the main area (perhaps sleeping areas) I was unable to light them to see,and as a very very junior temp.member of the slightly over staffed team I did not chance my luck. I hope this is of interest.(Years later I put a bid in to the MOD to buy a bunker at Stannington….but that is another story)

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