Two new books credit technology for the Allies' victory in World War II.
By Robin NelsonPosted 05.21.2002 at 2:22 pm 0 Comments
Accounts of World War II typically focus on the courage of troops or the genius of commanders. But two new books highlight the behind-the-scenes conflict, which had chemists and physicists on the front line.
In Terrors and Marvels (William Morrow, $26.95), Tom Shachtman contends that intercept reports from then-cutting-edge radar stations gave British pilots the upper hand against the German Luftwaffe. And when Hitler unleashed his long-range "vengeance weapons," British gunners were ready with radar-equipped antiaircraft shells that detonated in lethal proximity to their targets.