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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Patrick Stephens; First Edition edition (February 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852605073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852605070
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,028,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 1996
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in understanding the origins of electronic
intelligence, electronic warfare and electronic
countermeasures, this book is a tantalizing beginning.
Unfortunately it is also a frustrating read. The author (who
clearly has an encyclopedia knowledge of the strategy,
tactics and history of the field) veers between offering
unqiue insights sandwiched between mind numbing pages of the
exploits of each and every pilot and mission of the 100 Group.
This book just tried to do too much and failed. Still its
worth buying if you want to understand where the field started.
Other frustations include a glossary that covers only 50% of
the buzzwords used in the book and no bibliography.

Another book which offers a technical view of the development
of airborne and air to ground bombing radar is "Echoes of
War:The Story of H2S Radar" by Bernard Sir Lovell.
Almost as poorly written as this one, but this time from the
technical side, it is a good complement for someone trying
to accumulate data on the field.
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Format: Hardcover
After even one book written by a survivor of the WW II RAF bomber campaign, you wonder if British planners could have fooled the German defenders- say, forming up and flying eastward, then turning about. Or trying to interfere with radio communication between controller and night fighters? For that matter, just home in on the defenders, turn the tables and chase them instead?
The answer is that yes, a group of airplanes did that later in the airwar; most nights or on cloudy days, even attacking Luftwaffe bases. Many different planes were used to carry the bulky jamming equipment, among them Lancasters, Stirlings, B-17s and B-24s. An Engineer, Don Prutton, recalled his missions:
'These operations were of two distinct types. In the first, two or three of our aircraft would accompany the main bomber stream and then circle above the target; the special operators used their transmitters, in particular, Jostle to jam the German radar defences while the Lancasters and Halifaxes unloaded their bombs. Then everyone headed for home. Our friends in 214 Squadron seemed to do more of these target operations than 223 Squadron. My own crew did a small number of these but the majority of our operations were of the second type, the Window [strips of foil] Spoofs. the object of these Window raids was to confuse the enemy as to the intended target. There was a radar screen created by other aircraft patrolling in a line roughly north to south over the North Sea and France. A group of us, perhaps eight aircraft, would emerge through this screen scattering Window to give the impression to the German radar operators that a large bomber force was heading for say, Hamburg.
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CONFOUNDING THE REICH: THE OPERATIONAL HISTORY OF 100 GROUP (BOMBER SUPPORT) RAF
Martin W. Bowman and Tom Cushing
Patrick Stephens, 1996
Hardcover, $39.99, 232 Pages, Photographs, Glossary, Appendices, Maps

World War II brought about dramatic advances in many areas of technology. One of the most important was electronics, which became a little known but bitterly contested battleground between the Allies and the Axis. The term electronic warfare, commonly called EW, originated in these battles for control of the electromagnetic spectrum. The terminology itself is somewhat esoteric and imprecise, and most nations define EW somewhat differently. The American definition centers on those military actions to "detect, deny, analyze, and hinder enemy use" of electronics. Although not limited to radar, the battle for radar superiority was acute, and the Allies' success in exploiting both radar and antiradar technology (then called radar countermeasures, or RCM; now called electronic countermeasures, or ECM) was a critical element in the Allied victory. At the outset of World War II, the Germans and British had roughly comparable radar and electronic capabilities. German naval radar was more advanced, while the British ability to spoof and mislead the Luftwaffe's electronic navigational aids (Knickebein) during the Battle of Britain's "Battle of the Beams" was a key reason for the British victory. Number 100 Group was a special duties group within Royal Air Force Bomber Command. It was formed on 11 November 1943 to consolidate the increasingly complex business of electronic warfare and countermeasures within one organization. The group was responsible for the development, operational trial, and use of electronic warfare and countermeasures equipment.
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