This page details the books in the Purbeck Radar Reference Library listed alphabetically by author.
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The Radar Army, Reg Batt The Radar Army
Winning the War of the Air Waves
Batt, Reg

A first hand account of the development of wartime radar which could cope with German night bombers.
Reg Batt was a radar scientist at Worth Matravers.

London: R. Hale, 1991
ISBN 10: 0709045085 
207 pages
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Radar Days, Bowen E G Radar Days 
Bowen, E.G. 

'Taffy' Bowen was one of the original radar scientists and the team leader on airborne radar from its inception.

Bristol: Adam Hilger, 1987 
ISBN 10: 0852745907
231 pages 
Open Library accessed: 3 Jan 2010
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RDF1, Michael Bragg RDF1 
The location of aircraft by radio methods 1935 - 1945
Bragg, Michael 

RDF (Radio Direction Finding) was the 'cover' name given to radar before World War II. This book is based on detailed archival research of the work of people involved in early radar development. Before his retirement Bragg commissioned radars for the Civil Aviation Authority.

Paisley: Hawkhead, 2002 
ISBN 10: 0953154408 
400 pages
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A Radar History of World War II, Louis Brown A Radar History of World War II: 
Technical and Military Imperatives
Brown, Louis

This book is an account of the history of Radar in the Second World War.

Taylor & Francis, January 1999)
ISBN 10: 0750306599
ISBN 13: 9780750306591
563 pages 
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010 
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The Invention That Changed the World, Robert Buderi The Invention That Changed the World
The story of radar from war to peace
Buderi, Robert

Original subtitle: 'How a small group of radar pioneers won the Second World War and launched a technological revolution'.  Recalls the group of scientists whose invention of radar during World War II contributed to the Allied victory, and chronicles their post-war achievements.

Abacus (London), July 1998 
ISBN 10: 0349110689
ISBN 13: 9780349110684 
575 pages 
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010 
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David Fisher - A Race on the Edge of Time A Race on the Edge of Time 
Radar - The Decisive Weapon of World War II

Fisher, David E.

A highly readable 'storybook' account of radar development, treating the subject by imaginative reconstructions of scenes and conversations of key individuals.

Mcgraw-Hill, October 1987 
ISBN 10: 0070210888 
ISBN 13: 9780070210882 
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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Boffin, R Hanbury Brown Boffin 
Personal Story of the Early Days of Radar and Radio Astronomy and Quantum Optics
Hanbury Brown, R

Hanbury Brown was one of the younger members of Bowen's team and also held a pilot's licence. Focuses strongly on Airborne Interception and Air to Surface Vessel radar and on Operations Research.  Hanbury-Brown was a scientist at Worth Matravers.

Adam Hilger (Bristol, New York), 1991 
ISBN 10: 0750301309 
184 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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Brian Johnson - The Secret War The Secret War
Johnson, Brian

Book from a 1970s BBC series featuring scientific advances of World War II from radar to codebreaking.

Pen and Sword; September 2004
ISBN-10: 1844151026 
ISBN-13: 978-1844151028
352 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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Most Secret War, Jones R V Most Secret War
Jones, R V

Jones's account of his part in British Scientific Intelligence between 1939 and 1949. It was his responsibility to anticipate German applications of science to warfare, so that their new weapons could be countered before they were used. Much of his work had to do with radio navigation, as in the Battle of the Beams, with radar, as in the Allied Bomber Offensive and in the preparations for D-Day and in the war at sea.

Hamilton (London), 1978 
ISBN 10: 0241897467 
556 pages 
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010 

Pioneers of Radar 
Latham, Colin & Stobbs, Anne

Tells the story of UK radar development approachably and accurately from published works of the pioneers, interviews and reminiscences of those still alive.

Alan Sutton Publishing, Ltd. 1996 
ISBN: 978-0750921206
263 pages 
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Latham & Stobbs - Radar: a Wartime Miracle Radar: a Wartime Miracle
Latham, Colin & Stobbs, Anne

Continues the style of 'Pioneers of Radar' into the war years from interviews with those who worked on radar in the UK 1939 - 1945, mixing technical and social history.

Alan Sutton Publishing, Ltd. Oct 1997 
ISBN: 978-0750916431
238 pages
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The Birth of British Radar, 'Skip' Wilkins The Birth of British Radar 
Latham, Colin & Stobbs, Anne 

Excellent publication of the memoirs of 'Skip' Wilkins, Watson Watt's assistant in the earliest days of radar with helpful notes.

Defence Electronics History Society / Speedwell, May 2006
ISBN 10: 0953716627 
ISBN 13: 978-0953716623 
Paperback: 177 pages
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Echoes of War, Bernard Lovell Echoes of War: 
The Story of H2S Radar
Lovell, Sir Bernard

An autobiographical account of the author's work on the development of radar systems during World War II. The book focuses on his contributions to the development of a "blind" bombing device known as H2S and its conversion to assist Coastal Command in the detection of enemy submarines.  Bernard Lovell was a scientist at Worth Matravers.

Adam Hilger (Bristol), 1991
ISBN 10: 0852743173 
ISBN 13: 9780852743171 
287pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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Dorset's Radar Days, Penley & Batt Dorset's Radar Days
The British Radar Story 1935 - 1945
Penley W H, Batt R G

This booklet tells the story of early radar development in the UK from the Daventry experiment in 1935 to after the D-Day invasion. It focuses on the period from May 1940 - May 1942 when radar development was centred at the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) in Purbeck, Dorset.

Purbeck Radar Museum Trust, 1994 - 2006
24 pages
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With Radar to Final Victory, Penley & Batt With Radar to Final Victory 
When Radar Took to the Road
Penley, W H; Batt, R G

Short general history of radar in the closing phases of World War II.

Purbeck Radar Museum Trust
ISBN 10: 0953667308
40 pages
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Secret War in Purbeck, Penley & Penley Secret War in Purbeck
The story of the top secret radar development in Purbeck from 1940 to 1942
Penley Jonathan, Penley Dr Bill

This non-technical booklet features many photographs of the people and radar sites, biographic notes of the top scientists and outlines the lasting legacy of technology.  Dr Bill Penley was a radar scientist at Worth Matravers.

Purbeck Radar Museum Trust, Feb 2009
ISBN 13: 9780953667314
38 pages, >100 photos
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Aircraft versus Submarine
Price, Alfred

Covers the evolution of anti-submarine aircraft to detect and attack U-boats from 1912 - 1945

Jane's Publishing (London, New York), 1980 
ISBN 10: 0710600089
272 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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Alfred Price - Instruments of Darkness Instruments of Darkness: 
The History of Electronic Warfare, 1939 - 1945
Price, Alfred

Charts the rapid evolution of radio and radar systems for military use during World War II, and devices to counter them.

Macdonald & Jane's (London), 1977 
ISBN 10: 035401062X 
284 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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The Radar War - David Pritchard The Radar War: 
The German Achievement 1904-45
Pritchard, David

A study of the technological advances of German radar before and during World War II including Hulsmeyer's original experimentations in 1904.

William Kimber & Co Ltd, April 1989 
ISBN 10: 0718307062 
ISBN 13: 9780718307066
240 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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One Story of Radar, Rowe A P One Story of Radar
Rowe, A.P.

A general account of early radar from Rowe's own perspective as Superintendent of the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE), the main UK research centre.

Cambridge University Press, 1948
207 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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Three Steps to Victory - Watson-Watt, Robert Three Steps to Victory
Watson-Watt, Sir Robert

Long winded with a heavy focus in the earlier years, and written very much from Watson-Watt's own perspective.

Odhams Press (London), 1957
480 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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The Narrow Margin, Wood & Dempster The Narrow Margin
The Battle of Britain and the rise of air power, 1930-1940
Wood, Derek with Dempster, Derek

Originally a 20th anniversary tribute and the book upon which the film "Battle of Britain" was based. The book was outstandingly well-researched for its period. It includes a description of the overall air defence system, and two chapters on radar. It concentrates on the day battle, and a chronological treatment of the Battle of Britain itself, with little on the Blitz.

Hutchinson (London), 1961
many subsequent editions 
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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David Zimmerman - Britain's Shield Britain's Shield: 
Radar and the Defeat of the Luftwaffe
Zimmerman, David

Generally well researched and well written, this book follows Zimmerman's earlier work on Tizard. It deals with the development of the entire British radar-based air defence system, not solely with radar hardware. Indispensable on Chain Home, not so thorough in the single chapter on airborne radar.

Sutton (Stroud, Gloucestershire), 2001 
ISBN 10: 0750917997 
258 pages
Open Library  accessed: Jan 2010
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