SILENT WEAPON OF WORLD WAR 2
Radar - Electronics
November 24, 1945
An electronic 'eye' apparently developed independently by U.S., British, French and German scientists in the 1930s, radar owes much of its rapid growth to the advent of war.
First used in detection of surface objects in the near-distance under conditions of poor visibility, radar's range and versatility were quickly extended to provide long-range detection of airborne as well as surface objects, accuracy in fire-control, safety in navigation and identification of distant or unrecognizable planes and ships.
To radar goes much of the credit for England's doughty defense in the dark days of the 'blitz'; and as our forces grind closer to Journey's End in Tokyo, much of the credit for 'lighting the road' goes also to radar, the silent weapon of World War 2.
Information provided by radar's electronic eye is marked down on a vertical chart in the radar plot room of an ESSEX-class carrier during strikes against the Japs earlier in 1945.
Behind the transparent expanse of the giant circle, other enlisted men work on other aspects of the incoming flow of information.
Original Caption by Science Service