WWII in real time

Besieged Polish resistance, encircled in Warsaw by German armies, have created own radio station & printworks to inspire defenders. This poster promises: "One bullet for every German". https://t.co/0nZ9WZmuFY RealTimeWWII photo
To try & crush uprising in Warsaw, German occupiers have cut water supplies to the city, forcing Polish resistance to dig wells & ration water. Poles queue for a street pump in a trench dug to shelter from German snipers: https://t.co/ZS9eh0x1YY RealTimeWWII photo
After 3 years of brutal Japanese occupation & deprivation, native Chamorro people of Guam return to American rule. Japanese imprisoned Chamorros in labour camps, tortured & executed many, & subjected
others to forced prostitution as "comfort women". https://t.co/LbdRGQDo3g
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Japanese commander on Guam, Hideyoshi Obata has committed seppuku (ritual suicide) after his forces failed to stop US Marines taking the island; now posthumously promoted to general by Japanese High Command. https://t.co/0yYRGRDC8A RealTimeWWII photo
Troops of the US Third Army have crossed the River Loire, continuing rapid advance across Brittany; since breaking through German lines around Normandy, Allied forces are spreading out across France. Watch newsreel: https://t.co/fofpJpymiw
"How about moving over, Bud?" As heaviest fighting ends on Guam, a Husky scouting dog & a US Marine relax in a foxhole, captured by war photographer W. Eugene Smith. https://t.co/xTxRH6RF39 RealTimeWWII photo
Organised Japanese resistance has collapsed on Guam; American forces control the island but 7000+ Japanese guerrillas are still fighting in dense, mountainous jungle. https://t.co/SSt85D35Vs RealTimeWWII photo
US Marines on Guam have fought inland, forcing Japanese occupiers into dense mountainous jungle on north of island. Exhausted Japanese are short of ammo, food; their artillery & tanks now wrecked by relentless American assault. https://t.co/d3Umc9XQyh RealTimeWWII photo
Japanese prisoners have overwhelm Australian guards during escape from Cowra camp, killing four- Australians opened up with machine guns, killing about 200 prisoners while others have committed suicide. 359 have escaped & largest manhunt in Australian history is pursuing them. https://t.co/eU6rSjnem5 RealTimeWWII photo
Japanese prisoners of war in Australia have staged a mass breakout from Cowra camp, 314km west of Sydney, with 1000+ storming perimeter. Yelling "Banzai" & flinging blankets over barbed wire fence, Japanese attack Australian guards with knives, baseball bats & garottes. https://t.co/OZ9U3bJeyr RealTimeWWII photo
Major strike by US transport workers in Philadelphia ends after workers were threatened with being drafted into Army. White Philadelphia transit workers walked off their jobs in protest at Black employees being allowed to drive trains. Philadelphia has been paralyzed for 8 days. https://t.co/8nP4d7TUYJ RealTimeWWII photo
Desperate to crush Polish uprising in Warsaw, & following Himmler’s order to “kill anything that moves”, three German battle groups are advancing from the west. Nazi forces are indiscriminately massacring fighters & civilians alike: 10,000 killed in Wola district in last day. https://t.co/Z9qzVbq81S RealTimeWWII photo
In Florence, retreating Germans have blown up historic bridges across the river Arno, cutting city in two to try & slow down advancing Allied forces. Florentines, ordered to shelter in cellars & churches by Nazi occupiers, react to explosions with shouts of horror: “The bridges!” https://t.co/GY6hCGbk33 RealTimeWWII photo
Betrayed by an unknown informer, the Jewish residents of the secret annex & their Dutch allies are arrested at pistol-point. German police confiscate all valuables, putting them in a suitcase, which they first empty onto the floor- scattering pages of Anne Frank's diary.
Anne Frank, 15, has been keeping a diary for the two years that her family have been in hiding. 2 weeks ago, hearing of German officers' plot to assassinate Hitler, she wrote: "I'm finally getting optimistic. Now, at last, things are going well!" https://t.co/TlVezlLJon RealTimeWWII photo
Police in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam storm a small apartment hidden in a warehouse, capturing a group of eight Dutch Jews, who have been concealed in secret annex for 761 days. Otto, Edith, Margot & Anne Frank, Hermann, Auguste & Peter van Pels, & Fritz Pfeffer all arrested by SS. https://t.co/7HJuJ7I7Nw RealTimeWWII photo
Polish "Home Army" in Warsaw has 40,000 soldiers, including 4000 women, but only guns & ammunition for ~2500 fighters. Rest must rely on capturing German stockpiles, improvised or homemade weaponry. https://t.co/3cAzsWDHCM RealTimeWWII photo
After 2 days' battle in the Warsaw Uprising, Polish resistance fighters have captured much of the city, although Nazi occupiers still hold vital strongpoints. Red Army forces have stopped 12 miles east of the river Vistula, after advance units were thrown back by Germans. https://t.co/0pEqiavZTb RealTimeWWII photo
~20,000 Roma & Sinti people from across Europe have been murdered in Auschwitz & Birkenau camps in just over a year. Auschwitz's Zigeunerfamilienlager- gypsy family camp- holds a small group used for forced labour, medical experiments, & subject to pseudoscientific study. https://t.co/Vq4Evo1vub RealTimeWWII photo
SS guards at Auschwitz concentration camp have started to kill prisoners of the "Gypsy Family Camp", gassing & burning 2,897 Roma & Sinti people: "clearing out" inmates as Soviet forces advance closer. https://t.co/LrRaLOKUja RealTimeWWII photo

Blakelaw Filter Room

This facility was somewhat smaller than the Group Headquarters, but built to a similar pattern.
Filter rooms were the nerve centres of the UK radar system and vital to the success of Fighter and Bomber Command headquarters throughout the country. Information from Radar Stations, airfields, aircraft and ROC posts were directed into the Filter Room. From here, a dedicated and hard working team of RAF personnel collated all of the information to provide an as accurate as possible air picture to be passed onto the Operations Room where, commanders could direct aircraft resources.

The work done by the WAAF plotters of the Filter Room, the Movement Liaison Officers and the Filter Officers who were responsible for calculating and rectifying the position, and identifying the hundreds of tracks of hostile and friendly aircraft leaving and approaching the coasts of the British Isles, was vital. Working conditions were difficult; ventilation and heating were poor. Personnel had two fifteen minute periods when possible during the watch for a refreshment break. The food available varied considerably. Sandwiches of marmite and raw cabbage were a popular snack!
The requirement for the Filter Officers to have quick reactions was patently obvious. They had to sort out the correct position of the aircraft from the various overlapping Radar station plots which covered the same aircraft responses. They needed to estimate both height and number of aircraft, as well as direction from information given, having intimate knowledge of the siteing of the Radar stations involved and judging their accuracy. All of this had to be done with great speed as the aircraft themselves were constantly moving on to new positions. It was found that male Filterers, mostly well over thirty years of age were far too slow during periods of intense activity and they had to be removed from the table!
For the displayed information to be of value to the Operations Room, it had to be as up-to-date as possible. This meant that in times of the greatest activity, a Filter Officer must estimate and display accurate information on up to fifty different tracks within a minute. The mental stress and physical strain were intense under these conditions and when the personnel came off watch, whether officer or airman, tension was invariably high. Quite often however tired, sleep was impossible.
On the whole, it was amazing how few buckled under the strain. They all realised the importance of their work and it took a really major illness to prevent them from appearing for duty. However, subsequently, time has taken its toll of some amongst that small group. There have been instances of suicide, of recourse to alcohol in later years and bouts of deep depression. This is not to be wondered at when one considers that whilst filtering the tracks of the bomber squadrons on operations over Germany or plotting fighter sorties against incoming hostiles, these young women knew that their own husbands or sweethearts were amongst the aircrews. They would count with trepidation the numbers of the returning Allied aircraft.
The mixture of backgrounds amongst the members of the Filter Room officers was vast. Most of the senior male officers hailed from the Stock Market where they worked as brokers. It was an inspiration on the part of the RAF to choose these men for the positions as Controllers and Movement Liaison Officers. All personnel involved had to have quick reactions, good mathematical ability and be physically very energetic. The women chosen ranged from psychology or science students, young actresses, county debutantes, and grammar school high flyers to daughters of famous people – novelists, painters, musicians and vicars. But they were all dedicated to their work.
At approximately the same time another underground bunker was constructed. The communications bunker. All communications from airfield squadrons, aircraft and group headquarters were relayed through here before branching off into either the Filter room or direct into the Operations bunker. (The location of the Communications bunker is not known)

Information from http://www.websitedcm.com/bunker/filterroom.htm

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