Why didn’t the Luftwaffe bomb the British radar stations during the Battle of Britain?

Battling a deadline at work, so here is a military aviation history video that answers the title question:

TL;DR summary: (a) yes, the Luftwaffe knew what radar was and already had its own (except they call it Funkmessgerät); (b) the top Luftwaffe brass didn’t quite “get” it, unlike Air Marshal Hugh Downing, who developed a coherent doctrine for using RDF (radio direction finding, as the British called radar) at least in a defensive context; (c) the Luftwaffe did repeatedly try to knock out RDF stations, but wreaking lasting damage was easier said than done.

Very much worth viewing if you’re a WW II or aviation history buff.

One thought on “Why didn’t the Luftwaffe bomb the British radar stations during the Battle of Britain?

  1. I recall reading that the British had some portable radar sets that would fill in for damaged Chain Home stations. The portable sets gave much less coverage but the continued transmissions led the Germans to believe they were not seriously damaging the Chain Home stations.

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