WWII in real time

In Normandy, counterattack by German II SS Panzer Corps has failed to crack open Allied lines near Caen; calling Berlin to report failed offensive, General Gerd Von Rundstedt (L) is asked: “What shall we do?" Rundstedt replies: "Make peace, you fools! What else can you do?" https://t.co/dx3N2JFpvr RealTimeWWII photo
In 25 days since D-Day landings in Normandy, Allies have disembarked nearly 630,000 men, 177,000 vehicles and 600,000 tons of equipment. 37,034 Americans & 24,698 British & Canadians are dead, injured, or taken prisoner in fighting so far. https://t.co/13Crert6Ci RealTimeWWII photo
In Normandy, Allied forces rely on enormous advantage in airpower & artillery to continue their advance. Near Villers Bocage, 266 British Avro Lancaster planes carpet a road junction with 1,100 tons of bombs to deny movement of German panzers. https://t.co/oYxM0Ba4Ba RealTimeWWII photo
Red Army's Operation Bagration assault is cutting deep into Axis forces on the Eastern Front; Soviet pincers now threatening to recapture Minsk, held by Germans for last three years: https://t.co/tgTPh6iVlX RealTimeWWII photo
Germans aim to crush the "Scottish Corridor" west of Caen, where British VIII Corps spearheaded by 15th Scottish Infantry Division threatens a breakthrough. Piecemeal attacks by SS-Pankerkorps fail to drive Allies back. (H/T @ReassessHistory) https://t.co/p209gxOyax RealTimeWWII photo
British in Normandy are facing 3 formidable SS panzer divisions, with heavy losses; ammo lorry explodes after direct mortar hit: https://t.co/BHuEc2UOXH RealTimeWWII photo
British offensive in Normandy aimed at capturing city of Caen, Operation Epsom, has been beaten to halt by Germans. https://t.co/iBC5TcbWbJ RealTimeWWII photo
Cherbourg has fallen, with German defenders surrendering to assault by American troops, but vital port installations have been wrecked by Wehrmacht before they could be seized by Allies. https://t.co/2hSkl3I5wk RealTimeWWII photo
British General Montgomery: "Montebourg & Valognes have been 'liberated' in the best 21st Army Group style, ie. they are both completely destroyed!" https://t.co/h6aykvu1oe RealTimeWWII photo
Faced with a tangle of German bunkers & defensive lines in Normandy, Allied troops are relying on massive artillery barrages to "soften" French towns prior to assault. https://t.co/FpSwfVdJ6Z RealTimeWWII photo
US troops are fighting way into Cherbourg, approaching harbour; panicked Germans starting to destroy port facilities: https://t.co/5eyD0gUYnL RealTimeWWII photo
Allied assault on Cherbourg has begun with bombardment by UK & US Navy; large warships in duel with German coastal guns, while smaller ships provide focused fire support for American infantry assaulting French port. https://t.co/ZO2fIHCtcU RealTimeWWII photo
French Resistance are calling on Nazi-occupied nation to rise up, unite with Allies & crush fascism "between the hammer & the anvil". https://t.co/po2fg7CXLz RealTimeWWII photo
Red Army summer offensive, Operation Bagration, is smashing German lines in north-east Europe, from Poland to the Baltic coast. New York Times map shows enormous Soviet advances of the last year: https://t.co/YSTSwnYQLV RealTimeWWII photo
Polish troops of the 1st Armoured Division in UK, ready to head to France- one of Free Europe forces fighting for Allies. https://t.co/zZDL5ZY4ES RealTimeWWII photo
Allied troops have reached the outskirts of Cherbourg, a vital Normandy port that Hitler has ordered Germans should defend to the last man. https://t.co/o6IbV2ppLQ RealTimeWWII photo
Across western France, Resistance fighters are uniting with advancing Allied troops, sabotaging & attacking German occupiers. https://t.co/Lp55RQigSY RealTimeWWII photo
Weeks of military deception by Soviets have left Germans expecting an attack in south, through Ukraine; instead, Operation Bagration (named after Russian general who fought Napoleon) aims to crush Axis Army Group Centre, stationed around Poland. https://t.co/62SFE71fxO RealTimeWWII photo
After colossal overnight artillery barrage, the largest so far in history, over 1.6 million Red Army troops are advancing into east Poland & Belorussia, dwarfing scale of Allied landings in France on D-Day. https://t.co/LpFOHtcgmO RealTimeWWII photo
Three years to the day after Germany launched an invasion of the USSR, Red Army have begun Operation Bagration: a huge offensive in east Europe, aimed at enveloping & crushing German Army Group Centre. https://t.co/KGb3t6jlyf RealTimeWWII photo

Bunker 13 – RAF Blakelaw

Feb 2021

See News page for announcement!

Letter of Support from RAF Museum Received.

RAF Blakelaw was a WW2 Royal Air Force Fighter command station based at what is now Kenton Bar in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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It’s location was chosen before September 1938 and a temporary surface station was brought into use by July 1939 to coincide with the formation of 13 group which controlled fighters north of the Humber and throughout Scotland.

The permanent underground bunker was completed and became fully operational on December 3rd 1939 at 23:59hrs.

Although the site is now surrounded by new houses the Bunker still exists and is listed grade II

 The Bunker formed part of the revolutionary air defence system devised by Dowding.

This comprised an integrated air defence system which included:

  • Radar (whose potential Dowding was among the first to appreciate).

  • Human observers (including the Royal Observer Corps), who filled crucial gaps in what radar was capable of detecting at the time (the early radar systems, for example, did not provide good information on the altitude of incoming German aircraft),

  • Raid plotting

  • Radio control of aircraft.

    The whole network was tied together, in many cases, by dedicated phone links buried sufficiently deeply to provide protection against bombing. The network had its apex (and Dowding his own headquarters) at RAF Bentley Priory, a converted country house on the outskirts of London.

 

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Bunker13 Ltd is currently unable to arrange visits to the bunker.


 

Look North visit 2015

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