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WW2 Convoys and the role of electronics


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The role of electronics in WW2 convoys

Date and Time

24 September 2017 - 13:00-15:45


Doncaster, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - Yorkshire:S. Yorkshire local network. Contact Dr. Mike Diprose - Tel: 01433 631296 for more information.

About this event

Dr Phil Judkins will present the story of four convoys during World War 2; one UK coastal, one transatlantic, one to Russia and one to Malta, each illustrating particular electronic features of this critical series of battles, which Churchill admitted to having been “the only thing which frightened him in the whole war”. Allied Enigma decrypts, radar, high-frequency direction finding, jamming, magnetic and acoustic mines and the changing Axis strategies including radar intercept, guided missiles, and radar-absorbent materials are all discussed in the talk.

Dr Phil Judkins holds a doctorate in the history of radar from the Royal Military College of Science where he studied under Professor Richard Holmes. He worked first at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston, and then in the Ministry of Defence, in private industry and the City of London. Most recently he taught the MA course in the History of Military Intelligence and Bletchley Park Studies at the University of Buckingham, one of his students being the oldest ever MA in Britain at the age of 91! He is the author of many academic papers and five books ranging from virtual reality and artificial intelligence through computer networking to history, and chairs the Defence Electronics History Society, the Communications and Electronics Museum Trust and the Purbeck Radar Museum Trust'.


13:00  Refreshments (provided for those attending the lecture)
14:00  Lecture commences
15:45  Lecture ends (approx)

Reasons to attend

Hear how electronics featured in vital convoy operations in WW2

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

Additional information

This lecture is the !3th Annual South Yorkshire IET Radar/Radio Lecture and follows the South Yorkshire Air Museum Electro - Jumble.

For Satnav users:
Doncaster Aeroventure is off Dakota Way, Doncaster NOT Sandy Lane. Any satnav directions for Sandy Lane are wrong and access cannot be obtained to the Aeroventure from this direction. A lengthy diversion will be required. The nearest satnav postcode is DN4 7NW but that may not be the exact location, as it can indicate the Vue Entertainments complex. On the Google map for DN4 7NW, Aeroventure is marked on Dakota Way, which is off the roundabout at the junction of Lakeside Blvd. and Gliwice Way, past the Vue Cinemas and Doncaster Superbowl marks. GPS co-ordinates, I am told, are: Lat.53.513;  Long. W1.108.It is recommended to download the Google map for DN4 7NW for the final approach.

Registration information

Pre-registration is essential for this event. Please register by: -
e-mail to: mike.diprose@spectrum-tec.co.uk 
or letter to Dr. Mike Diprose, 26, Brookfields, Calver, Derbyshire, S32 3XB

Note - Although this is a free event, there are charges to attend the Aircraft Electronics Jumble and entrance to the Aircraft Museum before 13:00

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