WWII in real time


Stalin & his generals, still convinced Germans will strike again at Moscow this summer, are keeping many Red Army divisions in reserve in the north as south falters before new Axis assault.

German forces have reached the outskirts of the city of Voronezh, daring panzer assault capturing the still intact bridge over the river Devitsa, which Red Army failed to destroy.

American FBI has announced the capture of eight Nazi spies, smuggled into USA by German submarine to conduct campaign of sabotage & terror bombings. They do not announce infiltrators were caught after being betrayed by leader George Dasch. https://t.co/pTD96Ly1hJ RealTimeWWII photo

British troops at El Alamein mock the officers in Cairo:
"We never left the Nile
Or past the Sphinx's smile
We fought our war in the hotel bar
& they gave us the Africa Star."

As war rages in the desert near El Alamein, front-line Allied troops suffering in Egyptian sands are angry at their staff officers: "bludgers & skivers fighting Cairo's bars & brothels". https://t.co/vywufC1iXE RealTimeWWII photo

Axis forces in the USSR have reached the river Don, near target city of Voronezh, south of Moscow: German summer offensive is smashing past Red Army who are intent on defending Moscow. Hungarian soldier stands on the Don bank: https://t.co/tWxw99Z36h RealTimeWWII photo

Japanese occupied Alaskan islands of Kiska & Attu without resistance- now Growler has torpedoed 2 ships, killing 200. https://t.co/XMEVUlNiF2 RealTimeWWII photo

US Navy is belatedly striking back at Japanese invaders of Alaska: submarine USS Growler torpedoes 3 Japanese destroyers off Aleutian Islands.

Amongst Dutch Jews summoned for Nazi deportation is Margot Frank, 16; her family, like many in Amsterdam, plan to go into hiding to escape the German occupiers. https://t.co/tBalEOYupT RealTimeWWII photo

First thousand Dutch Jews being deported by Nazis are given a short list of objects to take with them, maintaining lie of German "labour camps". Many will be killed as soon as they arrive, rest imprisoned in brutal concentration camps. https://t.co/nXE7fBdF7R RealTimeWWII photo

Dutch government & police are cooperating to enforce the Nazi's deportation orders; most Dutch Jews comply with German round-ups, expecting to return home after the war. https://t.co/lHYTyoEx8r RealTimeWWII photo

Nazi occupiers of Netherlands are ordering 1000s of Dutch Jews to report for deportation to "work camps" in Germany. https://t.co/piwXVgWd0W RealTimeWWII photo

On Independence Day, President makes a grim address to USA. Roosevelt says: "Not for 166 years... has this anniversary come in times so dangerous to everything for which it stands." https://t.co/AI1aPEdECa

German General Von Manstein claims that Russian soldiers will suicidally kill themselves with grenades rather than surrender: "Asiatics have contempt for all life, even their own."

Most Soviet soldiers fight to the bitter death. Only the top Red Army commanders have been able to escape Sevastopol by submarine. NKVD are massacring German prisoners to prevent them from rejoining Axis ranks.

Sevastopol has fallen. After two months of brutal, relentless Axis assault, Soviet defenders of shattered port surrender. https://t.co/T4i4PnXimc RealTimeWWII photo

Huge Chrysler-built "Victory sirens" have been installed along East Coast to warn American cities of any approaching bombers; loudest siren ever, audible 25 miles away. https://t.co/FAnuVVdjge RealTimeWWII photo

400 air raid sirens are wailing across New York: city is marking Fourth of July with mass drills for bombing preparedness. https://t.co/jo5GBv28n9 RealTimeWWII photo

Today is 4th July, American Independence day & a holiday in USA- but many workers refuse to stop production, & businesses remain open to aid the war effort. https://t.co/zBnaMeO4pn RealTimeWWII photo

Allies at El Alamein have counter-attacked, catching exhausted & overstretched Axis forces off guard; 2000 Italians taken prisoner. https://t.co/g4o7Ia7HkZ RealTimeWWII photo

Visiting the Bunker

At the moment, there are no visits to the bunker.

9 Responses to Visiting the Bunker

  • Alasdair Bright says:

    Hello,

    I work at St Cuthbert’s Primary School in Kenton (just round the corner from the bunker). This term we are studying World War 2, not being from the area I did a bit of research about the war in the local area. I couldn’t quite believe that there was such a perfect resource so local to the school and couldn’ t think of a more inspirational and engaging way to interest the children in the war.

    I wondered if you knew how I might go about arranging a class trip to the bunker? Are you the person I need to speak to?

    Kind regards,

    Alasdair Bright

  • colin anderson says:

    I’m sorry to report that there is, unfortunately, no possibility of any visits in the near future.

    • Alasdair Bright says:

      Thankyou Colin (apologies for not responding sooner as I have only just seen your response.)

      I wonder if you could help me attempt to bend a few ears with regards to accessing the bunker by answering a few questions.

      Who currently owns/is responsible for the bunker? Is it still Taylor Wimpey Homes? If I pursue this, are you certain that there is no possibility of a visist? Sorry for all the questions but I definitely think this would be worth twisting a few arms for (so to speak!)

      Thankyou.

      Alasdair Bright

  • Hello Alasdair

    In reply to your questions about visiting the bunker. I am afraid this is just not possible at the moment for a number of reasons.

    1) The bunker has in recent months been flooded in the lower levels, there is ongoing works to repair and remedy the long term flooding issues.
    2) The current owners do not have insurance for public access to the bunker.
    3) The bunkers internal condition is not as you can see on the photographs on this web site as these photos are a few years old and the bunker has flooded a number of times in the last few years .
    4) A recent asbestos survey has also seriously limited access to the bunker for non essential visits and certainly would preclude members of the general public entering the bunker.

    The above points are just a small selection of many problems that currently exist which prevent the general public from entering the bunker. Please be aware the bunker is essentially a building which has been disused for many years it cannot safely be opened to the general public without allot of remedial work and surveys etc. I am sure you can understand that a risk assessment of physically entering the bunker (a disused building) would be required and this would certainly high light many many problems. Not least the fact this is a 1930’s concrete MOD building which has not been maintained since the 60’s, thus it is not up to modern health and safety standards, although superb in terms of being relatively original and untouched from a historical view point.

    Our aim is to open the bunker in the future as an educational resource for schools to this end we are currently in talks with the owners of the bunker. Please be patient this process will take time as there are many legal and funding matters to be dealt with before this can happen. However we would welcome your support and any help you may be able to give to our group.

    Kind Regards

    Michael

    • Lucie Potter says:

      Hello Alasdair,

      Secret Bunker North is an art and educational project on the 13 Group bunkers.
      As lead artist on the project I worked with 7 local primary schools, sadly not St Cuthbert’s in 2010. We are in the final stages of installing a listening trail based in Blakelaw Park, that covers the history of the bunkers and their usage after WWII, suitable for school groups. Members of Bunker 13 have been very helpful in sharing their knowledge for this. More information can be found on our website. An education project is also being developed with the City Learning Centre. Hope this is of interest!

      • Darren Neil says:

        Secret Bunker Day at the City Learning Centre tomorrow, then another on Monday.

        Hopefully the first of many.

        Pictures will follow.

  • Malcolm Richards says:

    I used to work at the Rokeby pub which is now demolished. Some of the locals used to tell me that the building was part of the MOD buildings in the area and a tunnel linked it to Kenton. Is that true?

  • I noted from the comments (dated 2013). That you were looking to get the bunker open to the public. How are things progresing? As it is something that I would love to visit and bring my son to.

  • colin anderson says:

    Unfortunately things grind exceedingly slow and little progress has been made other than the bunker finally starting to dry out. We still have the same aims so keep watching this space!

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