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Confound and destroy: 100 Group and the bomber support campaign Hardcover – 1978

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100 Group and the bomber squadron campaign: "One of the least publicized formations within the Royal Air Force, 100 Group waged an extraordinary war of electronic stroke and counter stroke in an effort to lessen Bomber Command's staggering losses during the strategic air offensive against Germany in the middle years of the Second World War."

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  • Hardcover: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Macdonald and Jane's; First edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0354011804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0354011808
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,683,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent source of information - but it's not for the general reader, or for those just curious about WW II history. It is mainly a compilation of facts, and an insight into how the RAF dealt with mitigating the losses to their night bombing campaign which were reaching levels that would make that effort difficult to continue.

First, the book describes the process whereby 100 Group was decided upon, and implemented. Second, the structure and composition of the two main elements of 100 Group are described: the ECM/EW defensive aids, and the offensive Night Intruders. The chronological history of these is then presented. This comprises the first half of the volume, told in dispassionate style.

Second, there is a wealth of insightful appendices. The first describes - in fair detail - the electronic equipment involved. This is a treasure, as nowhere else have I found such material. Not only are the RAF's "black boxes" covered, but there is sufficient data on US equipment as well, and a wide ranging look at the German ground and airborne equipment too. It's an eye opener to see and understand just how sophisticated the EW equipment was, back in the day of vacuum tubes and analog circuitry.

To bring it along further, there is a large appendix that describes the aircraft employed - on both sides - with their unique "fits".

And, to form a telling coda, there's a full description of the "exercise" the RAF ran AFTER the war ended: testing their equipment and tactics against a segment of the German defenses. Run to measure just how RAF methods and "boxes" stacked up against their (former) opponents in real time while they were looking over the shoulders of the German defenses.

The author has done a remarkable job even though I suspect that he's really not an insider. Well done indeed.
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Format: Paperback
During WW2, the Royal Air Force 100 Group provided electronic warfare support for the nightly British bombing raids over occupied Europe. This book is something of a history of the group and it's operations. I say something of a history because really only part of the book is a history of the operations, and it's rather dull. The rest of the book is composed of numerous diagrams and drawings of radio equipment, antenna installations, maps, and all sorts of illustrations that would be very much at home in a technical manual. This is most definitely NOT a book for someone looking for some exciting WW2 "war in the air" action. It is a serious, scholarly, technical look at the functions of the group. Even then, the book is not for the faint of heart. If you really, really want to learn more about WW2 airborne electronic warfare then it would be worth your time. Still, it is about the only really in-depth book I've found on this particular subject.
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