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Author Name:    CUMMING, Michael

Title:   Radar Reflections : The Secret Life of Air Force Radar Mechanics in World War Two. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Radar Assciates, Calgary, 2000, ISBN:1894255100 

Seller ID:   112850

CUMMING, Michael. Radar Reflections : The Secret Life of Air Force Radar Mechanics in World War Two. (Calgary) : Radar Associates, (2000). First Edition. Pp (10),1-246, + 16 pp plates. Index. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "In this first-time focus on the role and the experiences of radartechnicians in the Allied air forces in WWII, who trained and worked under the strictest secrecy, Michael Cumming, career journalist and established aviation author, draws on personal stories and contemporary records to showhow the many different applications of radar were put to effective use bot h for defensive and offensive purposes in winning the air war. By concentrating on ground-based and airborne radar and telling its story through the experiences of those who installed, maintained and operated this innovative equipment in all the theatres of war, Radar Reflections makes an invaluablecontribution to recorded radar history. During the summer and autumn of 19 40, when Britain faced the onslaught of Germany's bomber fleets, there was an acute shortage of radar technicians - there were barely enough for the present, let alone to be able to maximize radar's remarkable potential in the future. In the armed forces, this was a trade so new, so specialized in its requirements and so cloaked in secrecy that recruitment and training would call for extreme measures. Answwmg this call, the handful of newly-enlisted members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who formed the vanguard of Canada's promised 5,000 were in Britain as early as Christmas Day 1940. As the demand increased, more and more members of Commonwealth and US air forces were working alongside RAF personnel in Britain, the Mediterranean, the Far East and the Pacific; while others, with British support where it was needed, pioneered radar systems for their own nationaJ derense. Radar Reflections is a highly readable narrative - a definitive account of the role and theexperiences of radar technical otticers and radar technicians that testifi es to the vital contribution these specialists made to the Allies' victory.It is a comprehensive chronicle of their activities - a structured blend o f personal reminiscences and documented material, carefully researched among contemporary records. Battles, lives and natlonal survival depended on radar technicians being able to keep a fast-growing product range of highly complex equipment functioning whatever the circumstances, whatever the hardships. The radar technicians' story reaches a heartening conclusion; it demonstrates that the wartime :omradeship lives on, with a rekindled interest in reunions and increasing emphasis on keeping the subject of radar alive for future generations." (from th/e dj). Contents : 1. Secretive Service. 2. RDF Ramparts. 3. Learning Curve. 4. Chain Reactoion. 5. Bombers' Boon. 6. War in the Desert. 7. Gee-Day, 6 June 1944. 8. Hunting U-Boats (pp.102-115).9. South East Asia. 10. On the Continent. 11. Gliding into Battle. 12. Osw ald and the V2. 13. 'Casual' Colonials. 14. Defense of a Nation. 15. The Lost ThankYou. With bibliography and index. Small tear to bottom corner of front board, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 60.00


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