WWII in real time

Japanese attempts to reinforce Rabaul's air defences through ring of Allied airfields & naval blockade have lost 200-300 irreplaceable Japanese planes & experienced pilots. American bombers now use the Japanese fortress for target practice, opposed only by few anti-aircraft guns. https://t.co/gShg8mEtW7 RealTimeWWII photo
Capture of Admiralty Islands means that Japanese fortress of Rabaul, in eastern Papua New Guinea, is now surrounded by ring of Allied airbases & isolated by sea & land- turning a 100,000-strong Japanese garrison into prisoners without a shot. https://t.co/0DLRGQ3TfE RealTimeWWII photo
Allied forces capture strategic Admiralty Islands in South Pacific after 80 days of fighting, completely isolating major Japanese base at Rabaul. Audacious landings caught 4000-strong Admiralty garrison off-guard; just 75 Japanese taken prisoner. https://t.co/8WH6zp1Lvw RealTimeWWII photo
4 months of battle have left Monte Cassini monastery a ruined shell: wrecked by Allied bombs & artillery, Germans occupied rubble & have repelled 3 separate assaults. At last, Allied 5th Army have captured the heights, raising a Polish flat over the ruins. https://t.co/dRs1llCX3u RealTimeWWII photo
Since the beginning of May, Red Army have captured Sevastopol & Allied forces in Italy have launched a colossal assault on the fortified Gustav Line. Otherwise, fronts are static across Europe, as armies in Britain prepare for "D-Day" assault on France. https://t.co/Y2Xq3cCvVk RealTimeWWII photo
Allied assault has finally taken the Italian town of Cassino, driving German defenders back to fortified "Hitler line". https://t.co/7ievgdtZFG RealTimeWWII photo
American newspapers now openly speak of imminent "D-Day", planned Allied invasion of France, predicting a major breakthrough in the war this summer. New York Times tracks 30 days of bombing over occupied Europe in preparation for landing: https://t.co/lm4kbLxDij RealTimeWWII photo
Smashing against the German Gustav line of fortifications with overwhelming force, Allied forces in Italy are finally gaining ground at Monte Cassino. https://t.co/xMR39Tm4lJ RealTimeWWII photo
Allied air forces are carrying out heavy bombing raids on northern French coast, softening German “Atlantic Wall” defences from planned amphibious invasion. Bombers are particularly heavy over Calais, which Germans presume is intended initial landing point for “D-Day”. https://t.co/L2RcHGYH0R RealTimeWWII photo
Female Soviet partisans- guerrilla soldiers who fight behind German lines- celebrate Red Army reconquest of the Crimea: https://t.co/d4PUw6bGkv RealTimeWWII photo
Teja & Totila transports, crammed with Romanian & German soldiers fleeing Red Army assault on Sevastopol, have been hit by Soviet bombers mid-voyage. At least 8000 people are dead in one of the greatest maritime disasters in history.
German disaster in the Black Sea as Germans desperately evacuate from the Crimea: transport ships Teja & Totila, evacuating 10,000 Axis troops from Sevastopol, sunk by Soviets. https://t.co/LhcBI6AYgN RealTimeWWII photo
"Jane's OK- she's not at Anzio": Allied troops on Anzio front, Italy, are instructed to cover up to avoid mosquito bites & possible malaria. A British soldier appreciates the warning sign: https://t.co/2U5dYnl9HA RealTimeWWII photo
German General Erwin Jaenecke boasted: "At Sevastopol stands the 17th Army, & there the Soviets will bleed to death." Hitler refused permission to evacuate from Crimea; now 96,700 Axis troops killed, 36,000 captured by victorious Red Army. https://t.co/i5SH7CZni5 RealTimeWWII photo
Red Army have re-conquered Sevastopol, after 2 years of German occupation. Soviet flag once more flies over city: https://t.co/dMdBtBEyFi RealTimeWWII photo
Red Army artillery have begun a massive bombardment of Sevastopol, last German stronghold in the Crimea. Soviets plan a massive assault to take the city, which Hitler has ordered defended to the death. https://t.co/zoVdlwe1ZY RealTimeWWII photo
"Glory to the liberators of Ukraine! Death to the Nazi invaders!" As Red Army troops sweep up to the Romanian border, Soviet propaganda celebrates Germans being forced from southern USSR: https://t.co/eWj0FB28Gb RealTimeWWII photo
Bombing raids smash rail hubs in the Balkans: as Red Army advances into northern Romania, Allied bombing raids are targeting Axis logistics, with mass raids of Liberator & Flying Fortress bombers trying to cut off German re-supply. https://t.co/WVxaXC6UVu RealTimeWWII photo
Gandhi has been freed due to ill-health, with British afraid he'll become a martyr if he dies in prison; he's fasting, urging Indians not to aid war & to non-violently resist until British Raj promises independence. https://t.co/kDPKMLql0L RealTimeWWII photo
British colonial authorities have released 75-year-old Indian independence campaigner Mohandas Gandhi from prison; he's been in captivity for two years for "opposing war effort" by urging Indians not to cooperate with British until they "Quit India". https://t.co/Tb9UdVsWpQ RealTimeWWII photo

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1 years ago

We have had a response to our request for clarity about future access to the bunker from the residents management company solicitor (As this is the method they now choose to communicate with Bunker 13). It is not good news but pretty much as we suspected. We will publish more details in due course. Thank you for your support. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 years ago

Hi everyone, it is now more than 7 months since Brannen and Partners, under instruction from the Residents Management Company, instructed Bunker 13 to stop their ongoing maintenance and comprehensive internal and external inspection regime of the Grade II Listed World War Two Bunker in the grounds of the Central Grange Estate.Our dehumidifiers had to be removed leaving the internals of the structure at risk of deterioration. There is no regular monitoring of water ingress and checking the pumps put in place by the Management Company to prevent this happening. This is of great concern to Newcastle City Council Heritage department also who are undertaking periodic inspections.The reason cited for preventing Bunker 13 access was stated as health and safety concerns. Despite Bunker 13 having a H&S professional consultant as one of our directors and our repeated requests for any information on the risks identified by them no details have been provided. The one concern we do have is regarding the electrical system which has not been inspected/tested for a number of years and thus until inspected this remains a potential fire risk.We believe enough time has now elapsed for any H&S issues to have been addressed and so we will be asking for access by Bunker 13 to the Bunker to resume our caretaking role. This in turn would mean the process of seeking funding for the restoration project could start once again.Unfortunately, our preservation activities have been STOPPED as the Residents Management Company refuse to engage in constructive discussions with us or anyone about the future of the bunker.We remain concerned that H&S concerns are being given as a smoke screen to keep the bunker disused mothballed and rotting away to save short term costs and feel this is a very short-sighted plan as the costs of repair required to a listed building once allowed to deteriorate will sadly fall on the Central Grange Residents. We are also concerned that as we are not undertaking our regular security inspections the Bunker is at high risk of break in and anti-social behaviour.We will keep you informed as to the management company’s response to our request to once again be granted access to act as caretakers of the bunker and restart the bunker project. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 years ago

Application for Grade 2 Star listing has been Applied for as significant Air actions by the RAF were directed from this bunker. One such action was the tracking and interception of Rudolf Hess's plane. We will have more details in our up and coming news letters. We have had to take this action to protect the building due to the current management company's behaviour and total lack of communication which have returned the bunker to being at risk as an unmonitored vacant historic building. Watch this space for further news. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 years ago

We will be publishing another BUNKER NEWS LETTER in the next couple of weeks which will have further NEWS about the new Central Grange Residents Group (Facebook Page going live soon) for the residents living near the bunker. In our news letter we will correct factual inaccuracies in the annual statement supplied by the management agents to all the residents. Each resident will also get a paper version supplied. Support is growing. 🙂👍Watch this space. ... See MoreSee Less
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