WWII in real time


Brtish Conservatives denounce BBC for playing the national anthem of the UK's new ally, the Soviet Union- Communist song the Internationale: https://t.co/xdiF4Umud2

Lenin travelling east by special train, along with expert taxidermists, embalming chemicals & valuable Tsarist treasures- all guarded by soldiers to keep out refugees trying to flee Moscow.

Soviets forces are evacuating the embalmed corpse of Lenin from his mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow, to a provincial town in Siberia, to save it from bombing or possible capture by Germans. https://t.co/WJFRqafqfm RealTimeWWII photo

1 German soldier: "Capturing these eggs is better for my unit than taking Smolensk; thinking of new recipes is more troublesome than the Russians."

German Army Group Centre, racing toward Moscow, have captured a vital prize as their supplies run out: 1 million eggs from a Red Army food store.

German panzers are grinding to a halt, waiting for marching infantry & horse-drawn fuel transport to catch up with them; Wehrmacht living off looted Russian supplies. https://t.co/iU5XVTgUNV RealTimeWWII photo

Wehrmacht triumphant, in USSR, with everyone from Hitler to ordinary German soldiers celebrating; but breakneck pace of advance is over-stretching them. https://t.co/W2bv34SS0M RealTimeWWII photo

Hitler & Mussolini are touring the borders of newly captured territory in the USSR, visiting Soviet fortress of Brest-Litovsk, captured by Germans after two weeks of vicious siege. https://t.co/V6XTI4UVEr RealTimeWWII photo

"To stiffen morale" Red Army has reintroduced Commissars- "political officers" with equal authority to military commanders, infamous for shooting fearful soldiers. https://t.co/J5dGnx0U9P RealTimeWWII photo

"The Motherland is Calling!", new poster designed by Soviet artist Irakli Toidze. After his wife Tamara ran into his studio to announce outbreak of war, Irakli told her to freeze while he sketched her expression. https://t.co/aNUYmFBKlB RealTimeWWII photo

German General Blumentritt, near Smolensk: "The heat is tremendous, broken by sudden showers; these turn the roads to clinging mud before the sun bakes them back into crumbling clay."

Despite desperate series of counter-attacks & some pockets of bitter resistance, Russian roads are currently slowing German advance more than Red Army. https://t.co/nyySf7SPe9 RealTimeWWII photo

German forces now nearly 500 miles deep into USSR, with exultant Wehrmacht planning assaults on Kiev, Leningrad, & Moscow. https://t.co/vPrdawjfAf RealTimeWWII photo

Author P.G. Wodehouse continues his series of comic broadcasts from Berlin to USA, unaware that in UK Parliament he's being accused of aiding German propaganda efforts & "playing the Nazi game". https://t.co/6hfN5kTjuy

SS commander Reinhard Heydrich orders German Einsatzcommandos to step up their slaughter in the USSR, killing as well as Soviet officials, "all Jews & other people who are known to be agitators or fanatical communists."

Hitler intends to "Germanize" Russia via resettlement & extermination; "Leningrad will be razed to the ground, then handed over to the Finns." In time, Hitler plans to incorporate Finland into the Reich.

"Nazi philosopher" Alfred Rosenberg has been appointed German Minister for Occupied Eastern Territories, to "'pacify" the Reich's growing empire. https://t.co/Khrwchofjo RealTimeWWII photo

SS lawyer Rolf-Heinz Höppner writes to Adolf Eichmann: "Not all the Jews can be fed this winter; would it not be more humane to finish them off via some quick means?"

Kazimierz: "I discover that many Jews have been “transported” to the forest... An hour later the volleys began. Ten people were shot at a time. They took off their overcoats, caps, & shoes (but not their trousers!)" https://t.co/gGMWx0gCS9 RealTimeWWII photo

In Lithuania newly "liberated" by Nazis, Kazimierz Sakowicz starts a diary: "Quite nice weather, warm, white clouds, windy, some shots from the forest... This was the first day of executions."

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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