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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3 days ago

BUNKER THIRTEEN

Took some more photos of the elusive name in the floor - the one that's almost but not quite legible. Used a torch and illuminated it from a couple of different angles. suggestions welcome as to what it says! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

BUNKER THIRTEEN

Last week the nice people at www.cleva-uk.com/ donated a wet and dry vac and some air movers to the bunker. I popped in over the weekend and assembled said vacuum. It appears to be a quality piece of kit so a vacuuming session was called for. Did a load of the floor in the front stairs really quickly and the results were impressive. Then I decided to try it on some of the plasterboard walls that were covered in dried up mould. The results again were extremely impressive with almost no trace left behind.
Tried the mould round the plotting room viewing gallery windows, but, due to the angle I was trying to vac at and the matt black paint the results were slightly less impressive but still good.
Decided to deploy the air movers as well to help the dehumidifiers and once again the results are impressive for such compact units. So if your looking for Quality Vacuums and air movers checkout www.cleva-uk.com
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2 weeks ago

BUNKER THIRTEEN

Further to yesterday's list of name/rank/serial numbers, a closer look revealed some more letters under the date. It says RIP - hop that doesn't mean the people listed were deceased!
Anyone recognise the logo in the third picture? It's in a void space under some stairs so can't get a closer look.
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2 weeks ago

BUNKER THIRTEEN

So today we decided to move a huge pile of donated carpet tiles as the room they were in was not very weather tight and condensation was becoming a problem. This meant moving the waterproof fluorescent light. Leaning it against the wall not far from the doorway revealed the list of Name rank and numbers as in the photo. Quite interesting - there is a date in the line of dots at the bottom - AUG 1941. so off we go to look them up on the internet - can't access any records as they're after 1939. Damn! After that it was off to check on the second exhaust vent which has been covered over and not removed as originally thought. It's definitely still there although it could do with drying out!
Drawn over the list of names in photoshop. The red section is what I think it says as it's not at all clear.
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5 months ago

BUNKER THIRTEEN

John Mabbitt (Principal Historic Environment Consultant at Wood Plc) delivering a fascinating presentation on the Kenton and Blakelaw Bunkers at the Tyne & Wear Archaeology Day held in the Banqueting Suite, Newcastle Civic Centre on 16th June 2018. Bunker 13 provided a significant amount of information to support John’ presentation, including a group photo which was as his last slide was used to stress the number of women who worked in the Bunker and their significant role in its operation. We also met a lady who’s mother worked in the Kenton Bunker during the war and recognised her in the photo! ... See MoreSee Less

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