A German radar chain, facing the British Chain Home during WW II

Yves Blanchard, Piet van Genderen

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The << Atlantic Wall >>, built by the German forces along the occupied coasts of Western Europa as a rampart to protect them against Allied landing attempts, included a powerful chain of anti-naval and anti-air detection devices, which may be seen as a kind of counterpart to the British Chain Home. But its structure was quite different, and probably was most efficient at the time it was built. Today, 70 years later, remains of this continental chain can still be seen in many places, especially in France. Their <;<; archaeological >> study may enlighten the war time archives and documents from both sides, to explain how it was built, how it worked, and evaluate its supposed efficiency. The paper describes also the progressive discovery of this chain by the allies, which lead them to conceive a lot of counter-measures, which made it quite inefficient during the crucial days of June 44 in Normandy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th European Radar Conference, EuRAD 2014
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-8748-7037-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event11th European Radar Conference, EuRAD 2014 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 Oct 201411 Oct 2014
Conference number: 11


Conference11th European Radar Conference, EuRAD 2014
Abbreviated titleEuRAD 2014
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  • radar story
  • German radar
  • Atlantikwall


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