Reaverman wrote:The VT was orginally German in design, since british intelligence was handed the component by a German scientist (turncoat). Who was trying to help the allies, from the inside. I was watching something about it on the history channel a few weeks ago, I think the show was called 'Hitlers War'.
I'm not making a try at escalation here (and I believe you're an honest chap too, heh) but this is from the History Channel show on "Deadliest Weapons" (not sure if that was what you saw):
Another deadly invention of the Second World War was the proximity fuse, or VT fuse. The proximity fuse made it possible for artillery to detonate within a predetermined range of an enemy target, a marked improvement over the contact and timed fuses used earlier in the war.
The result was increased lethality for anti-aircraft weapons and mortar shells. Developed under the utmost secrecy at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, the VT fuse destroyed numerous Japanese aircraft in the war for the Pacific Ocean. Later it was an effective anti-personnel weapon that killed countless Germans during the Battle of the Bulge leading General Patton to claim that it was the most important invention of the war.
here is the full link, with an interesting end to the article: (This article was done in the 1990's, Information in the UK was since then de-classified showing they had a larger part in the process I have been told.)
At the very least, History Channel has a split personality
. I've always thought that the VT was a U.S. creation, as it was so very top secret.
Ah, as I'm writing this I did a little search and maybe have found something to link the two seemingly contradictory statements into an agreeable piece of history-
After the arrival, in September 1940, of the British Technical Mission, headed by Sir Henry Tizard, the NDRC received a report from the British that, although they were consuming supplies, they had not made a workable fuze. The Tizard mission claim to fame was in bringing a magnetron to the United States. This early magnetron was to be used as a pattern that set us into production of better radar equipment!
This might explain things, as radar was being played with in Germany Britain, France and the US from the 1920's (I just a little searching on the web). Heinrich Hertz discovered radio waves in 1886, but one could consider radar a British invention. Radar was patented (British patent) in April, 1935. I think a magnetron is the main component of radar (and microwave ovens, but that's another story!
). Maybe a german device was brought to the US for further improvement (this I'm not sure about). Here are some tidbits I've just grabbed onto, and I'll link to the page it's from for those bored souls that are curious further.
The idea behind pulsed radar was straightforward, and in fact Watson-Watt was not the first to come up with it. Crude radars had been around for decades. A radar had been demonstrated and patented by a German engineer named Christian Huelsmeyer as far back as 1904.
The Americans had actually beaten the British to the first demonstration of pulsed radar by several weeks. However, the British were the first to grasp radar's potential, quickly envisioning a national network of radar stations to provide advance warning of an attack. This gave Britain a step ahead in what would turn into a race for electronic supremacy.