WWII in real time


Surcouf, prize of General de Gaulle's Free French Navy, has disappeared with all 130 crew in the Caribbean, after freighter sailed away from collision. It may have been subsequently mistaken for a German U-boat & bombed by American planes. https://t.co/mHTZeoeYXq RealTimeWWII photo

The world's largest submarine, the French "undersea cruiser" Surcouf, has sunk near Panama, after a crash with an American freighter in the middle of the night. https://t.co/kt08h2xF5Y RealTimeWWII photo

In Burma, Japanese invaders have smashed through Allied defenses on the Bilin River; British are evacuating the heavily bombed capital of Rangoon.

The first Japanese military plane is flying over Sydney: taking off from a submarine, pilot Nobuo Fujita surveys the Australian city for potential bombing. https://t.co/Z4laPjZorq RealTimeWWII photo

Victorious Japanese troops marching into Singapore greeted by looting; they've shot 500 Chinese citizens "to set an example & restore order."

Before beginning massacre of Bangka Island, Japanese soldiers rape & sexually assault the Australian nurses: https://t.co/WtDUR98iS4

Vivian: "A bullet got me in the left loin, went straight through me & out at the front. The force knocked me into the water & there I lay." Feigning death until Japanese leave, she crawls into junge, lone survivor of the Bangka Island Massacre: https://t.co/CY8ht0KTbq

With the women waist-deep in surf, Japanese start to machine-gun them. Nurse Vivian Bullwinkel: "They just swept the line- girls fell one after another." https://t.co/uEtmoQHsur RealTimeWWII photo

23 female nurses, shipwrecked on Bangka Island, try to surrender; Japanese soldiers order them to walk into the sea at gunpoint. Matron, Irene Drummond, calls: "Chin up, girls. I'm proud of you & I love you all." https://t.co/xE2zZDE9c8 RealTimeWWII photo

Although fighting is over in Singapore, deaths continue; Japanese have shot over 100 wounded survivors from bombed hospital ship Vyner Brooke.

Nazi U-boats strike the Caribbean: 7 German submarines have attached Dutch island of Aruba, near Venezuela, shelling oil refineries & sinking tankers. https://t.co/hySNJCZLmM RealTimeWWII photo

Japan's new Prime Minister, General Tojo, gives speech to the National Diet, celebrating Japanese victories in Malaya & Philippines & promising "new order of coexistence & co-prosperity on ethical principles in Greater East Asia".

Thanks to unlocking Kriegsmarine Enigma ciphers, British code breakers at Bletchley Park have been able to crack secret German signals to their submarines within days; the new "Shark" code destroys years of work.

Terrible blow for UK intelligence: German U-boats have begun using a new, more complex version of the Enigma code, impenetrable to their cryptanalysis.

In his first radio broadcast for 6 months, Churchill announces horrifying loss of Singapore & surrender of its garrison; "heavy & far-reaching defeat... our worst since Dunkirk."

Eyewitness Lt. Moore: “Japanese led small groups [of wounded patients] out of sight; ensuing yells & screams, coupled on one occasion with a Jap returning wiping blood from his bayonet, left little doubt as to the men’s fate.“ https://t.co/ZhbnGES749

Before ceasefire took effect in Singapore, Japanese troops stormed the city's Alexandra Hospital & began a murderous rampage, bayoneting 320 doctors & wounded men.

~85,000 British, Indian, Australian & Malay troops have been captured by the Japanese at Singapore; it's the largest surrender in British history. https://t.co/yN9sb72cyu RealTimeWWII photo

Under a white flag & Union Jack, General Percival is crossing to Japanese lines to surrender his troops & city of Singapore. https://t.co/q8CAo8EdKD RealTimeWWII photo

General Percival has given up futile defence of Singapore; he's asked Japanese for armistice. They're demanding he beg for surrender personally.

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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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