Technical and Military Imperatives: A Radar History of World War II is a coherent account of the history of radar in the second World War. Although many books have been written on the early days of radar and its role in the war, this book is by far the most comprehensive, covering ground, air, and sea operations in all theatres of World War II. The author manages to synthesize a vast amount of material in a highly readable, informative, and enjoyable way. Of special interest is extensive new material about the development and use of radar by Germany, Japan, Russia, and Great British. The story is told without undue technical complexity, so that the book is accessible to specialists and nonspecialists alike.
Preliminaries: Radio vision for war. Electromagnetic waves. Perceptions of air power, 1919-1939. Navigation in 1939. Antiaircraft artillery, 1914-1939. Origins: Electronic component development. Beginnings, 1902-1934. Britain builds an air defense system. American and Germans build prototypes. Five other nations. First clashes: War in Europe. The Battle of Britain and the Blitz. The Atlantic, 1941. Friend, foe or home? The Japanese realize they are behind. New ideas: Microwaves. The Tizard mission. The radiation laboratory. The proximity fuze - the smallest radar. Greater and lesser microwave sets. Years of Allied despair and hope: The Mediterranean, 1940-1942. War in the Pacific. The Channel, 1942. Carrier warfare defined. The South Pacific, 1942. The Eastern front. The great radar war: The destruction of German cities initiated. Countermeasures. An air war of attrition. Arbeitsgemeinschaft-Rotterdam. The destruction of German cities completed. Allied victory in sight: The battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1945. Radar in arctic waters. The Mediterranean, 1943-1945. Japanese shipping destroyed. The wide Pacific. The end in Europe: Invasion. Flying bombs. The battlefield transformed. Post mortem. The end in Asia: The Philippines and Okinawa. The destruction of Japanese cities. The measure of radar: Navigation transformed. Science and the electronic age. Secrecy and the technical imperative. An evaluation. Appendix: A few radar essentials.