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A radar history of World War II : technical and military imperatives
Brown, Louis, 1929-2004.
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Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub., 1999.
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xvi, 563 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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D810.R33 B77 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Technical and Military Imperatives: A Radar History of World War II is a coherent account of the history of radar in the second World War. Although many books have been written on the early days of radar and its role in the war, this book is by far the most comprehensive, covering ground, air, and sea operations in all theatres of World War II. The author manages to synthesize a vast amount of material in a highly readable, informative, and enjoyable way. Of special interest is extensive new material about the development and use of radar by Germany, Japan, Russia, and Great British. The story is told without undue technical complexity, so that the book is accessible to specialists and nonspecialists alike.

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Scientist Brown's first comprehensive and international history of radar is a welcome addition to a field that has generated a substantial body of often conflicting literature. Emphasizing the role of individuals and organizations, Brown (emer., Carnegie Institution, Washington, DC) makes clear that radar was a nearly simultaneous invention by several nations and that civilian research on the technology for television provided the components that made it possible. National differences in radar development depended upon whether the impetus came from engineers at the bottom (US and Germany) or officials at the top (Great Britain). During its early wartime "heroic period," radar kept the Allies from a defeat in three major engagements: the Battle of Britain (1940), the struggle for the Mediterranean (1941-2), and the clash between Japan and the US in the Pacific (1942). Although radar had only a minor impact on the Russian-German war in the east, it was an important but not crucial component in Allied victories in other theaters. Overall, Brown stresses that "radar transformed the nature of war more than any other invention." It also brought about revolutionary changes in navigation that have had widespread civilian uses. This important and extremely useful book is destined to become the standard work in the field. Highly recommended. All levels. W. M. Leary; University of Georgia