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Posted by George H. Elder on November 2, 2018, 7:21:18, in reply to "Re: Oh, and...
...technology. I do not accept the contention that German radar development stagnated. I have seen ample proof that it clearly did not, but how much research was applied to practical applications is unclear. However, major surface ship training suffered badly following Hitler's order to scrap the surface navy, and I do not think it ever recovered. I would say the lack of training was a far greater hindrance than the lack of equipment. Plus, one has to consider policies. The Germans had a deep-rooted fear of using active radar, due in part to its detectability--at least in their own minds. Thus, some of their problems with employing radar were due to policy concerns. How realistic these were is an open question, but from what I read the Germans were convinced radar was a means of broadcasting a ship's location. They simply assumed the Allies had the same tech they did, and thus often shut off the active systems. To me, any radar tech gap was relatively minor when compared with issues related to training and policy.
Because German radar development stagnated and fall back compared to Allied radars - which made German ships vulnerable, especially in bad weather and at night. German surface ships lost also very early in the war their significance, which reduced the efforts to develop technologies for them. Late late in the war they were neglected, especially the large ships, because they were anyway mainly useless.
For sure, there are were a lot of advanced technologies developed, but most of these German developments (also for the army and air force) were never fully functional. Either too late, not yet fully mature and simply build to terrible standards - no surprise, because slave workers are for sure not motivated to built something right.
You wrote also mainly about attempts to develop something - not that these were fully working, broadly used technologies.
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