Winning the Radar War

by Jack Nissen with A.W. Cockerill

The Second World War was the first ‘technological war’, and no technology was more important than radar. The British desperately needed the means to warn them of bombing and U-boat attacks.

Jack Nissen, a Cockney, began working on this new technology as a ‘tower monkey’ in 1937 at Bawdsey Manor, Suffolk, where the British effort in radar began. Tower monkeys were the agile lads who shinned up the radio towers to install, fix and adjust whatever the scientists working at Bawdsey wanted fitting or set up. From that modest beginning, Jack learned the secret workings of radar technology. He served in the rank of flight sergeant in the RAF and took part in the Dieppe Raid in August 1942 to learn the secrets of the German Freya (radar) system.

‘Strangely, the guns of the Atlantic Wall were silent. Troops saw the coastline ahead in the predawn light and wndered about the absence of enemy fire…
Cornelius Ryan in The Longest Day 

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This Radar War book is a suspense-filled account of the experiments, electronic eaves-dropping, and exploits of those engaged in developing the new science.

Format: 224 pp. 6½” x 9½” case bound.

Price £30 ($50.00 US) including handling and shipping by surface mail.

ISBN 0-7715-9510-7

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