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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, detailed and broad, 21 Dec 2000
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Andy Dingley "andy_dingley" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Technical and Military Imperatives: A Radar History of World War 2 (Paperback)
As a geeky post-war child, I grew up reading R V Jones' populist histories of wartime technology, particularly radar. Dogma was that radar was a British invention, jealously guarded lest any enemy discover its secret. This book sets a few of those myths straight; that the cavity magnetron was invented independently by almost everyone (and even published pre-war) and the sophistication and historical significance of Japanese microwave naval radar, are just a couple.
Experts in the field probably knew many of these issues already, but for "armchair experts" like myself, looking for a technically detailed coverage that goes beyond RV Jones, and looks beyond the air war over Europe, then this is a book to have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost the Final Word, 25 May 2009
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P. G. Ward - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Technical and Military Imperatives: A Radar History of World War 2 (Paperback)
This is a brilliant book which contains much hard to find information. It is very comprehensive and is almost the last word on the subject. Why almost? It seems there are some gaps on Russian WW2 radar development. Bill Gunston in his foreword to `Soviet Combat Aircraft of the Second World War Volume 2'refers to the Gneis interception radar, introduced during the Stalingrad period.Brown does not mention this but a book of this nature takes years to research and obviously the latest information on Russian radar development became available too late. Nevertheless for serious students of WW2 this is a `must-have' book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Research Material, 30 Sep 2009
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Tellboy (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Technical and Military Imperatives: A Radar History of World War 2 (Paperback)
Everything I wanted to find out about regarding the history and development of Radar.
Information in numerous other books is all contained in here.
An excellent buy.
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