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Instruments of Darkness: The History of Electronic Warfare, 1939-1945 Hardcover – February 19, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; First Edition edition (February 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853676160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853676161
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,535,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Alfred Price served as an aircrew officer in the RAF until 1974. Since then he has been a full-time aviation historian and writer, and is acknowledged as a leading authority on the Spitfire. He is co-author of the Haynes Spitfire Manual.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Morgan on December 16, 2009
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Alfred Price, a career EW himself, wrote the original version of this work in 1967 when much of what he covers was still shrouded in official secrecy and myth. This book, revised twice since then, has stood the test of time and remains one of the great efforts on the subject of Electronic Warfare in the Second World War.
The majority of the coverage is on the electronic war between England and Nazi Germany as they developed competing systems to aid their respective bombing campaigns and the countermeasures that arose in the form of improved aerial radars and passive reception devices. It's strengths include interviews with many of the participants in this obscure form of combat and the amount of information provided on the incredible array of devices and gadgets developed for electronic combat between 1939 and 1945.Although he does have several chapters covering US work and the Pacific War, these areas are better covered in the series he later wrote on US EW History for the Association of Old Crows. Over 60 years later the basics of EW really haven't changed, which makes this book still important reading for anyone interested in the dark arts of electronic warfare.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 10th Legion on October 5, 2006
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Alfred Price offers another well researched,easy to follow, history of airborne electronic warfare, during World War II in the European theater. The strength of the book is that he threads the many personalities and issues associated with conducting electronic warfare into a engaging narrative. The focus is on the Royal Air Force's Bomber Commands efforts agains the Luftwaffe's air defense of the Third Reich. The US Army Air Force's daylight bombing campaign has some brief mentions, but not in any significant depth. I can easily recommend this book for anyone interested in the topic for they will enjoy a well written and presented study of the topic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. S. Cole on December 29, 2007
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This book dwells mostly on RAF activity in the European theater in WWII. I greatly enjoyed this book but it is far from a complete history of WWII EW. Army/Navy activity is only barely examined (UK or anybody) and US activity is also lightly treated.

There are some surprises in this book: any information about WWII Japanese RADAR systems is rare, and there are a few pages regarding the Japanese efforts. There is also quick review of the RADAR fuse for the first atomic bomb deliveries.
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