WWII in real time

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Luftwaffe now parachuting magnetic mines into the Thames Estuary. British minesweeping vessel HMS Mastiff was sunk by one today, killing 6 people. https://t.co/HdWnkqHQFh RealTimeWWII photo
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Dr. Besson: "I drifted for 4 hours. Then I saw a rope trailing from a British destroyer. I caught hold of it with my teeth & clung to it. Using my good arm I gradually hauled myself up. I was too weak to shout for help." His family have drowned.
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Dr. William Besson was aboard SS Simon Bolivar when it struck a mine this weekend. His spine damaged & arm broken in the explosion, he dived into the sea to try & save his son.
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4 more ships sunk today by mines in UK coastal waters, bringing weekend death-toll to 140. Germany denies mine-laying in shipping channels. https://t.co/wLvYf18NrI RealTimeWWII photo
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British Ministry of Agriculture has launched a new campaign, "Dig For Victory", to encourage growing food in gardens, parks & wasteland, to stave off threat of German U-boats. https://t.co/iPDHEx6y68 RealTimeWWII photo
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Playing fields of Eton (one of UK's oldest & most expensive schools) ploughed today as part of British "Grow-More-Food" programme to cope with wartime shortages. https://t.co/TWyGwFto92 RealTimeWWII photo

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And finally - the windows at the rear entrance have been bricked up so next time someone manages to get the steel shutter open they'll be greeted by a solid brick wall! ... See MoreSee Less

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Finally got some new tubes for our lights so we should be able to see in the bunker again. We're working on getting some sort of glass in the guardhouse windows too. Would be nice to keep the weather out this winter - as long as the local youths don't smash it all.
Looks like someone tried to set fire to the place too - luckily there's nothing flammable there.
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So this evening we had a volunteer clean up event and decided to have a go at the annoyingly blocked drain pipe on the side of the guardhouse. It had stubbornly resisted drain rods and that digesty stuff that's supposed to unblock things. So tonight it was off with the security cover and a load of juggling to get the pipe off before we were able to remove all the branches and bits of other stuff that the local youths appear to have thought it amusing to shove down there. Add some leaves from the tree next to it and it was well and truly blocked.
Just need some rain now to test it properly! We also made a start on cleaning up the plant room - Henry the vacuum came out to play! But there's a lot more needed than just a quick vac.
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So this week, we dropped in to the bunker on Tuesday night as we had some whiteboards to store. As we were there we had a look at the back entrance to see how things were going with the continued attempts to break in and found that the local youths appear to have taken a liking to the anti-climb paint! If only they had the sense not to use their real names. So now we need to work out how to get the anti-climb paint off the tanking. ... See MoreSee Less

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