By Ian Speller, Christopher Tuck,
An entire background of the speculation and perform of amphibious operations within the twentieth century. The textual content takes the reader via a stage-by-stage account of amphibious tactical operations, and contains technical details.
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O n the night of March 19, 1940, fifty Whitleys and Hampdens with experienced crews set out for a German seaplane base on Sylt Island, off the German coast. All but one plane got home; forty-one reported bombing the target and claimed many hits and resulting fires. But reconnaissance pictures made on April 6 showed no visible damage. The first analysis suggested that things were as bad as they seemed, and that the average bomber crew could never find a precise target even on the coast, except in the very best visibility.
The resulting fix varied in accuracy from under half a mile (sometime far less, in skilled hands) to about five miles, depending on the navigator's ability and the range from Britain. Gee's range also varied; in practice it could not be counted on east of the Ruhr. It could be used by any number of planes and, unlike the German devices used in 1940-1941, gave the enemy no clue as to the intended target. Gee has been proposed by R. J. ) as early as 1938, but its development was not pushed because its range was thought to be short.
It cannot be too strongly emphasized that Bomber Command's effectiveness would depend on these three devices. Gee consisted of three ground stations in Britain and a receiver in the plane using it. A "master" station (A) controlled two widely separated "slave" stations (B and C); the three broadcast synchronized identical pulses similar to those used in radar. A navigator using Gee measured the differences in time of arrival The Reform of Bomber Command 41 of the pulses from the three stations as they were displayed on a small cathoderay tube.