Britain’s Shield: The Failure to Stop the Night-Time Blitz

Speaker: Dr. David Zimmerman, UVic

This is the second presentation drawn from David’s book, Britain’s Shield: Radar and the Defeat of the Luftwaffe. The first presentation covered the British development of radar, which was only one part of a highly sophisticated daytime air defence system, that helped defeat Hitler’s invasion plans. The air defence system was not without its weaknesses however, as the Luftwaffe ruthlessly bombed Britain’s cities at night. Fighter Command appeared helpless to stop their assault. This presentation will cover the failure to stop the night-time blitz.

Dr. Zimmerman is Professor of Military History at UVic and has been a faculty member since 1988. He was educated at the Universities of Toronto and New Brunswick. His areas of expertise include the history of the RCN, anti-submarine warfare, science, technology and war, and the rescue of refugee academics from Germany in the 1930s. David is also an Honourary Member of RUSI-VI. He is the author of Top Secret Exchange: The Tizard Mission and the Scientific War, The Great Naval Battle of Ottawa and Britain’s Shield.

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