Oral History of Defence Electronics
|An account by D.H. Tomlin on finding a working
Würzburg Radar in occupied Germany.
the end of the war in Europe the allies commissioned groups of scientists and
engineers to go to Germany and evaluate the machinery and technology used in
These civilians were given corresponding ranks and were allowed to inspect any equipment they found.
One such piece was discovered by Captain John Ronson of the British Inspection Overseas Unit. They discovered a near complete Würzburg radar with all three trailers still on its rails.
This was sent to the Radar Research and Design (Northside) unit in Britain for inspection. A sixty yard rail track was constructed and the unit was shipped over.
A German PoW by the name of Captain Hoffmann volunteered to help piece together the instrument due to his previous knowledge of the device. As a result Hoffmann was given special privileges. he deduced that the radar was near complete except for 14 bolts and nuts.
Once these were replaced Hoffmann was sure that the equipment would work. It was first used to track a test aircraft at the base, however the results were disappointing due to the range only being 1300m.