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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing; illustrated edition edition (September 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750917997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750917995
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,890,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Zimmerman is Professor of Military History at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is an expert in the history of science, technology and war, the history of radar, anti-submarine warfare, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the rescue of refugee academics from Germany. His books include: Top Secret Exchange: The Tizard Mission and the Scientific War, and The Great Naval Battle of Ottawa. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C King on September 3, 2013
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Too much time in this presentation was spent on the audio efforts to detect incoming aircraft. I understand that the audio method of detection was part of the story, but after all, this is a book about the development of RADAR

There is a lot of "he said she said" quoting which I began to find irritating and wonder if these were real quotes or poetic license on the part of the author.

But the punch line of the book is clear: that development of radar detection of incoming aircraft was only achieved just in time for the beginning of the war, and even then still had many bugs to be worked out.

I would have liked more information on Germany's efforts on their RADAR development above a few lines here and there.

Thus I found the book disappointing but was glad that I had read it and I will now look for more reading material in the area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Otavio Maia Chelotti on November 25, 2012
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Zimmermann's work traces the development of the British air defence system from WW I up to early 1941, with heavy emphasis on the run-up to the beginning of the battle of Britain. It is not concerned specifically with the development of radar itself, but with the development of the whole air defence system, including control centers, radio communications, etc, not only from a technical point of view, but, above all, from a policy approach.

The work is quite solid and shows quite conclusively that air defence had an extremely high priority. Its description of bureaucratic and political infighting between TIzzard and Lindemann (and Churchill) is instructive, and the book provides a sober assessment of the work at Bawdesley. It also emphasizes the essential role that operational analysis came to have. Recommended for anyone with an interest on the subject.
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A thorough and engrossing account of Britain's development of air defense before WW2. The author does a very good job in explaining the technical side of the story without losing the reader in the minute details. The history of the attempts to locate aircraft via sound are interesting and show just how desperate the search for a means of locating approaching aircraft had become. The book also details how Churchill's early meddling delayed the deployment of radar.
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Detailed analysis of the subject. Provides great depth not covered elsewhere. Provides a new perspective on the battle of Britain.
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A very interesting look at the development of radar and the system used to distribute the information it produced as part of the air defense system of Great Britain at the beginning of WWII.
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