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

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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