Countering the 1940 night blitz - desperate times, desperate measures

With the onset of the night blitz in autumn 1940, German bombers were operating over Britain with virtual impunity. Something, almost anything, needed to be done. Steve Richards explains

During 1940, progress in establishing a useful force of RAF night-fighters was lamentably slow. In mid-September it became clear that the main Luftwaffe effort against Britain was invested in night attacks. Military, scientific and political leaders began to convene frequently to see what could be done to combat the nocturnal enemy; first under the auspices of the Night Interception Committee and then, from mid-October, under the banner Night Air Defence Committee chaired by Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

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