Context and Planning
Planning for the Blackout in Britain and Germany
In this chapter, Wiggam establishes that although German development of the blackout was more visible during the interwar period, little practical advantage was gained because of the difficulties of testing blackouts during peacetime. Blackout trials were useful as propaganda and for learning the administration of blackouts, which is like the British case, where development was hindered because of the lack of a popular mandate from the state to develop intrusive civil defense plans. That changed with the deterioration of the security situation on the continent and Germany’s resurgence as an airpower.