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Looking to the Skies: Post-war Radar Stories

  • Sophia Davis
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Abstract

Building on the theme of militarisation, this chapter adds a tighter focus on some of the military-scientific research bases in Suffolk and their coastal skyward gaze. Three research sites on the Suffolk coast were pivotal in the development of radar, hailed after the Second World War as one of the new scientific advances that helped make “Britain an island again” and win that war. In the stories told about radar and its protection of the island nation, there is an interlacing of the themes of islands, threat and militarism. This new wartime technology was harnessed to create a string of watching stations along the British coast, where trained observers watched for airborne incomers. This chapter investigates ways of seeing at a more public level, examining how stories or the mythology of radar circulated in the years following the war.

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