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Author: Raymond C. Watson Jr.
Publisher: Trafford Publishing (November 23, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 420
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Radar Origins Worldwide book.

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A Radar History of World War II: Technological and Military Imperatives. Watson, Raymond C. Jr. (2009). Radar Origins Worldwide: History of Its Evolution in 13 Nations Through World War II. Bristol and Philadelphia: Institute of Physics Publishing. Friedman, Norman (1981). Trafford. ISBN 978-1-4269-2111-7.

Jr. Raymond C. Watson. Place of Publication. Watson, J. P., . has been an engineer since 1942. Watson's books include Solving the Naval Radar Crisis (Trafford 2007). During WWII, he instructed in the Navy's highly secret radar program.

Great Britain gave the basics to four advanced Commonwealth nations.

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Although many books have been written on the early days of radar and its role in the wa. Louis Brown attempts to do the same for Radar during World War II. The good news is that this book has the sweep and depth of anything Rhodes has done. If anything it's even more complete. As a fan of the history of technology I've finally found the single source book on WWII radar. As of now this book has become the definitive work on the subject. If you are interested in the topic you have to read this book.

That said, the book in question actually acknowledges that three reputable naval . Watson' "Radar Origins Worldwide: History of Its Evolution in 13 Nations Through World War II" (2009) - .

That said, the book in question actually acknowledges that three reputable naval historians read the manuscript, which may point to an even bigger problem: that the readers either didn’t read the manuscript closely, or that they agreed with some of the major interpretive errors, or that their criticisms were ignored, or components of all three. Swords, Technical History of the Beginnings of Radar (History and Management of Technology) (1986).

Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. The RN Radar and Communications Museum.

Radar was the outcome of research during the mid- and late-1930s by scientists and engineers in eight countries: United States, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, USSR, and Japan. Each country believed that this was its own development and held the technology in highest secrecy. Great Britain gave the basics to four advanced Commonwealth nations: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa, and indigenous systems emerged in each before WWII. Hungary independently developed its own system during the war.

This book provides an account of the developments, including timelines, in each of the 13 countries. It is primarily intended for readers with a general interest in the history of technology. It is neither "academic" (there are no footnotes) nor technically detailed (only one equation and no diagrams). However, about 450 individuals are noted, many with brief bios.

In reviewing draft material, the late historian Louis Brown, author of A Radar History of World War II, commented that it was "free of the great radar myths that still fill many accounts: 'Before Rad Lab there was nothing.' 'We invented it in Britain and everyone copied it from us.' 'German radar was second rate and the Japanese did not have any.' "

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This is a somewhat strange book, but worthwhile for those with sufficient interest in radar history. I doubt, however, that it's the place for anyone to start.

The author, Dr. Raymond C. Watson, is a distinguished and experienced engineer, and he has covered the field of radar develoment quite thoroughly, looking not only at the main streams of radar development in Britain and the United States but at developments in each of the eleven nations that more or less independently developed the technology. He not only describes the equipment and its development but also many of the key people who were involved in its development. And he carries his "origins" story right through the end of World War II, coverning virtually all significant systems that saw service in the conflict.

He manages to pack all this into 376 pages of text by reducing his descriptions to the sort of technical shorthand that engineers often employ, and by largely leaving out much operational context. If you are generally familiar with the radio technology of that day it will all be easy enough to digest, but otherwise there may be some difficulty.

There are many illustrations, mostly well chosen, but they are small and poorly reproduced. For some reason the author has devoted some of his space to commentary on the wider strategic and political context of the war as a whole -- subjects on which he is clearly not very well informed.

The best overall book on World War II radar is probably A Radar History of World War II: Technical and Military Imperatives. It is a better starting point than this book for most readers, even those with technical backgrounds. Those who would like a much deeper treatment of the earliest developments (including equations and circuit diagrams) should look to Technical History of the Beginnings of Radar (Radar, Sonar, Navigation and Avionics). For many personal accounts by pioneers see Radar Development to 1945 (Iee Radar, Sonar, Navigation and Avionics Series 2) (which unfortunately is hard to find).

This is very much a book for those with considerable interest in the subject, and will probably serve most of them more as a valuable reference than actual reading material. The author writes much more clearly and attractively than mnay engineers but after a while you feel you are plowing through a dreary, endless catalogue of systems and their minor variations.
The book is thorough in the sense that it seeks to drop every name and mention every effort to develop radar in the years before and during WW II. From HF to VHF and's all there.

Despite the valiant effort to credit everyone however tangentially involved, the book reads like a series of 2-4 paragraph episodes in the development of radar. If you are looking for a reference to uncover specific minutia--you may find this book fascinating. However, I was hoping for something a little more technical, a little less exhaustive and a lot more interesting. Technical details are brushed over with little explanatory detail. Most of the developments are described briefly with prose that is devoid of human interest. Occasionally, the author provides a little more background and detail, but these small embers of intellectual spark are quickly extinguished by the continued slog through the stream of superflous detail.

The subject is fascinating and I applaud the author for his research and his devotion to the topic. The book would be far better if:

1. The author delved into more technical detail. The book doesn't have to be a graduate level text--but more explanatory technical detail of the magnetron (minimal) and the klystron (barely mentioned) would have been welcome.
2. The author focused less on an exhaustive recitation of every innovation and concentrated on a more detailed description of a few of the more significant developments.
3. The prose were not so tedious. Virtually every section follows the same formula:
i. Messrs A and B (brief bio)....
ii. Under some jurisdiction and funding and a specific location...
iii. Built a system that ....(limited technical detail)
iv. And detected planes, ships, whatever at a range of X miles.

A valiant attempt at a fascinating topic...but makes for a very dull read.
Pretty comprehensive coverage (if somewhat biased towards UK and Commonwealth projects). It would be an ideal reference excepting only that it is not available in hardcover
I agree with both previous reviewers, this book is worthwhile, but its also painfully (almost excruciatingly) boring. It would have been better described as a reference book or mini-encyclopedia . Its best dipped into for specific data, particularly details on laboratories, valves, scientists and engineers who worked on radar. Much better books on the subject are "A Radar History of World War Two" by Louis Brown, "Most Secret War" by R V Jones and "Instruments of Darkness" by Alfred Price (currently out of print); all of which are far more readable. The book has a mass of facts (often irrelevant ones) thrown together, but limited (and where it exists often inaccurate) analysis. Also the applications of radar and how effectively (or ineffectively) it was deployed is not addressed. As a case in point, the Japanese raid on Hawaii was tracked on radar, but no action was taken. This is mentioned in the book along with the names of the radar operators but no explanation of why their warnings weren't heeded. By contrast "A Radar History.." clearly explains what went wrong.
Finally although written by an electrical engineer its not a good introduction to how radar works, for that I'd recommend "Introduction to Airborne Radar" by George Stimson.

In conclusion it provides a useful roadmap for other books on the subject (each chapter has extensive bibliographies), and it also identifies a huge number of radars and engineers who developed them, but please don't try and read it from cover to cover -it could turn you off radar for life.