Britain's Shield: Radar and the Defeat of the Luftwaffe

Overview

2010 is not only the seventieth anniversary of the legendary Battle of Britain, it is also the seventieth anniversary of another finest hour – that of Radar.
Malta's unique contribution toAllied victory in the Mediterranean
The bravery and skill of British pilots in the Second World War, and the fighting capability of their aircraft, would have been in vain had they not been part of a highly complex and sophisticated air defense system based on...
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Overview

2010 is not only the seventieth anniversary of the legendary Battle of Britain, it is also the seventieth anniversary of another finest hour – that of Radar.
Malta's unique contribution toAllied victory in the Mediterranean
The bravery and skill of British pilots in the Second World War, and the fighting capability of their aircraft, would have been in vain had they not been part of a highly complex and sophisticated air defense system based on radar. The development of this system in just five years is one of the most remarkable scientific and technological accomplishments of the twentieth century.

Despite this, the creation of radar defense has been somewhat overlooked. Many of the studies on radar have focused on the development of the technology, with little attention given to the creation of the much larger system for integrating it into the nation’s air defenses. Britain’s Shield relates the development of radar with the diplomatic and air policy concerns of the period. It shows how a small group of scientists, engineers, airmen and politicians accomplished this technological miracle, and offers a revisionist appraisal of Churchill’s role, showing that his influence was, more often than not, counterproductive to the development of effective air defenses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781445600611
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/18/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The Origins of Strategic: Air Defence and Aircraft Early Warning 1
2 Tucker's Acoustical Mirrors 11
3 The Scientific, Political and Social Background to Radar 28
4 The Discovery of Radar 44
5 Committees and Politicians 60
6 Orfordness and Bawdsey 78
7 The Tizard-Lindemann Dispute 93
8 Transforming the Air Defence System 109
9 Appeasement, Air Policy and Air Defence Research 132
10 Forging the Radar Chain 153
11 The Phoney War 175
12 The Battle of Britain 194
13 The Failure to Stop the Night-time Blitz 211
Conclusion 225
Note on Sources 233
Notes 236
Index 254
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