Committee for the Scientific Study of Air Defence

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The Committee for the Scientific Survey of Air Defence (CSSAD),[1] well known as the Tizard Committee, was a pre-World War II scientific mission to study the needs of anti-aircraft warfare in the UK. The Committee is best known for its role in shepherding the development of radar and the building of the Chain Home radar array and its associated control centres. Winston Churchill credited the success of the Battle of Britain to this work. Tizard would play another invaluable service to the Allied war effort, related to CSSAD. He helped convince Prime Minister Churchill to hand over Britain's most important secret weapons technology to the Americans with no strings attached. The technology was delivered to the American in a simple black metal box at the height of the Battle of Britain as Tizard's CSSAD creation—the Chain Home network was making it possible for the RAF to save Britain

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  1. ^ Keegan, John: Intelligence in War. Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda, London 2003, S. 299.

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