WWII in real time


Constant shellfire churns Stalingrad's earth to dust; Russian journalist Vasily Grossman watches as "corpses jump high in air, buried again as they fall."

If Wehrmacht can hold the blood-drenched hill, their artillery will dominate Stalingrad & smash Soviet reinforcements as they're ferried across Volga.

Battle rages for Mamayev Kurgan hill, the high ground overlooking Stalingrad- Red Army & Germans swap control of the summit almost daily. https://t.co/EhAAD9ZYo0 RealTimeWWII photo

British, South African, & black King's African Rifles troops have fought for four months to beat Vichy French & African soldiers in Madagascar. https://t.co/h1AbI31dRQ RealTimeWWII photo

British troops are now occupying Tananarive, capital of Madagascar- Allied forces claim "peaceful intent" as they take control of the French colony. https://t.co/lHd8Gfho6m RealTimeWWII photo

Halder: "Farewell to the Führer. My nerves are worn out, his too". Hitler now demands "fanatical faith in the Idea" from all the German General Staff. https://t.co/xvW50r0LK8 RealTimeWWII photo

General Halder's most recent "defeatist" act that enraged Hitler was calculating total German casualties in USSR so far. 1,637,280 killed, missing, or wounded. https://t.co/LvoAK6QNd8 RealTimeWWII photo

Adolf Hitler has had an explosive break with German High Command, sacking his Chief of General Staff Franz Halder, for "pessimism" over the military situation in USSR: https://t.co/zHH3gsagZ2 RealTimeWWII photo

Wehrmacht have stormed a landing stage on the Volga & seized the riverbank in centre of Stalingrad- city's Soviet defences are now cut in two by Germans.

Stalingrad's Tsarita Gorge, cutting west from the river Volga, is now the only part of the city not choked with rubble from smasher buildings- turning it into a potential route to the river for the Germans, & a fierce battleground: https://t.co/SxGPX7cWLA RealTimeWWII photo

American Superfortress bomber has been in design since 1939, aiming for an operational range of 2,667 miles: allowing USA to bomb Nazi Europe if Britain fell to Germans. In theory, B-29 can fly higher (31,850ft) & faster (350mph) than almost any Axis fighter plane. https://t.co/UfWy7SBsda RealTimeWWII photo

The world's largest bomber has made its first test flight: Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" can carry its own weight, 20,000lbs, in bombs. https://t.co/2N7lVhYG0R RealTimeWWII photo

Japanese troops in Papua New Guinea are starving & diseased- 10 die to malaria for every 1 shot by Australians. Supplies must be carried by hand along 60 mile jungle track.

Japanese invaders of Guinea are now just 25 miles off Port Moresby, crucial gateway to north Australia; Aussies are throwing in all available troops.

Andrei Khozyainov, Soviet soldioer in Stalingrad: "Little ammo, no water. Heat, thirst, smoke. We have to piss in the machineguns to keep the barrels cool."

Improvised stronghold in Stalingrad’s grain elevator defies German infantry charges & artillery shelling; the stored corn within has caught fire. https://t.co/gH5yTQdLPl RealTimeWWII photo

Stalingrad's civic monuments have become fortresses- a few dozen Red Army men hold out in the city's concrete grain elevator. https://t.co/mljMURk0ga RealTimeWWII photo

Chuikov: "Most of the divisional commanders didn’t really want to die in Stalingrad. The second something went wrong, they’d start saying: 'Permit me to cross the Volga.' I would yell 'I’m still here' & send a telegram: 'One step back and I’ll shoot you!'"

Chuikov has sited his command post on the west bank of the Volga, close to front line, ferociously enforcing Stalin's order "Not one step back!" & denying his officers permission to retreat.

Red Army General Vasily Chuikov is newly appointed commander of forces in Stalingrad, leading shattered remnants of two Soviet Armies: "I understand my orders just fine... I’ll either keep them out of Stalingrad or die trying." https://t.co/zLDpIXjdAm RealTimeWWII photo

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Following a routine walk around security inspection of The Bunker yesterday it appears vandals have systematically stabbed a pole of some description through most of the security grills breaking almost every pane of glass remaining in the original windows. If anyone sees anyone acting suspicious around The Bunker please inform the Police, contact us at Bunker 13 & inform Brannen & Partners Thank you on behalf of BUNKER 13 ... See MoreSee Less

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It is with much regret Bunker 13 must announce a breakdown in communication between Bunker 13 and the Central Grange resident’s management company (The Kenton Management Company) together with their chosen residential management agents Brannen & Partners. This has led to Bunker 13 being locked out of the bunker simply due to their total refusal to communicate with us. Totally unnecessary when a simple meeting could have solved all alleged health and safety issues and we could have moved forward working together. It is our strong suspicion that this is in fact a deliberate move to try and keep the bunker locked up and mothballed until hopefully people forget about it to save time and money by the management. (It will in fact have the opposite effect).
It is BUNKER 13’s view that this is a very short sighted plan which will ultimately unfortunately cost the residents of Central Grange in management fees when the bunker is inspected by outside agencies to check its preservation is being continued. We will never allow this policy to be carried out without a fight and in the interim we will ensure full scrutiny of the bunkers condition and preservation by involving Newcastle City Council and Historic England. The actions of the management will also deprive future generations learning about WW2/Cold War and benefiting from a local historic asset. London’s Bunker is open for this purpose, so should Newcastle’s especially as the only other surviving intact. WW2 RAF HQ operations room, both bunkers are situated within a residential development and can be managed to minimise the impact on residents which London has already proven.
As a direct result of being prevented access, we were forced to remove our dehumidifiers from the bunker which were preventing damage to the original fixtures and fittings also consequently our internal caretaking work has stopped. This is of EXTREME concern as the emergency pumps within the bunker that were fitted after the catastrophic flooding of approx. 7 years ago, now require urgent attention. The most important pump failed just prior to us being locked out. The emergency battery backup system is also not functioning for these pumps. The management company have since carried out some work on the pumps. However, details of the work have not been supplied to Bunker 13. This is despite a chance face to face discussion on site between the management company appointed site manager and a Director of Bunker 13, in this meeting the manager agreed to supply photos and information about the work being carried out to us. No information has been supplied to date weeks later.
The last flooding of the bunker happened when the previous management company took the same action preventing us from monitoring internal conditions within the bunker. Let us hope for the sake of the bunkers historic original interior this doesn’t happen again but also for the residents of Central Grange who are responsible for footing the bill for pumping out the building and costly repairs to a Grade 2 historic building. The last pumping out was carried out free of charge by Tyne & Wear Fire service who did a great job which we very much appreciated but, they stated they would not be able to do this again free. The costs at that time would have been approx. £400 per fire tender per hour and we had 8 tenders on site for a period and at least 4 tenders all day.
Rest assured we are doing all we can to regain access to the bunker and continue our preservation work however this is a serious setback that has far reaching implications to our ability to continue funding applications potentially halting the whole preservation process.
To any residents of CENTRAL GRANGE reading this we will keep you informed about A NEW RESIDENTS group being formed. We have heard many of you are not happy with the management
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1 years ago

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Not posted for a while due to some "difficulties" with the owners of the bunker which resulted in us removing most of our stuff. As a result I happened to have the air movers (donated by www.cleva-uk.com)at home. They are fantastic for keeping us cool in this weather! Took one to work too. ... See MoreSee Less

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