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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

Lars Silver badge

Re: 22yr olds today

There are some nice clips about 22yr olds in France entering the WWI happily singing,

I really hope our 22yr olds have more sense in their heads. It's also good to remember it was the fairly old farts who started the war (every war).

As for the sentence "Robert Watson-Watt, widely regarded today as the father of radar" I would mend it to "..regarded today mainly by the British as...." or simply "Robert Watson-Watt a British radar pioneer".

Reading about the radar in the Wiki we find that the story starts:

"As early as 1886, German physicist Heinrich Hertz showed that radio waves could be reflected from solid objects. In 1895, Alexander Popov, a physics instructor at the Imperial Russian Navy school in Kronstadt, developed an apparatus using a coherer tube for detecting distant lightning strikes." .......

"the German inventor Christian Hülsmeyer was the first to use radio waves to detect "the presence of distant metallic objects".

And "The term RADAR was coined in 1940 by the United States Navy as an acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging".

And "Before the Second World War, researchers in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Soviet Union, and the United States, independently and in great secrecy, developed technologies that led to the modern version of radar. "

And, as always those who have absolutely no experience of war are more obsessed with it than anybody else.

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