Deckname Würzburg

by Arthur O. Bauer

German translation, Heinz Lissok

The technical history of the Würzburg radar system (1937 - 1945)

Book copy (pdf, 6.9 MB)



Laus, Würzlaus, Fack, Tastlaus (coherent video and Doppler), Neurnberg, Taunus, Stendal, Conical scan, Wismar, Eidechse, Urechse, Michael-Überlagerer, Goldammer, Steinhäger-Würzlaus, Phasenregulierung, Hilfssender, Kehrbild-Anzeige, K-Laus, Windlaus, Toter Raum, Flak, Carpet versus Würzburg, Carpet spectrum, Nullode, e-Rechner (eK), Tactical use of Würzburg systems, Hoffmann-Heyden (FAS III), ECM and ECCM technologies deployed by the Germans during WW II.

Consider also my contribution on: Rehbock artificial target (Radar-Gear)


It is interesting to notice, what had been stated in the British wartime report: “Technical Note No. Rad. 203, of June 1944".

Conclusion (page 12-13)

While no investigation of accuracy of the (Würzburg) equipment, either absolute, or in comparison with corresponding British apparatus, has yet been made, it is safe to state that the operation is fairly easy, even with comparatively untrained personnel. The smooth following of range - essential for use with a predictor - is particularly simple to perform, and the split is very satisfactory, provided that the echo is well above mean noise level.
A consequence of the fact that the dipole rotation is not locked to the recurrence frequency, is that for varying dipole positions different amplitudes of pulse are received, ranging from zero to maximum. These are all superimposed on one another on the trace, so that the echo is a solid patch of illumination with, quite frequently, no break in the time base. This tends to make searching rather more difficult than is usually the case.
The circuit design in these two units is efficient, and sometimes ingenious, and no circuits faults have yet occurred since the equipment has been in use here - i.e. for two months or more. Setting-up can be performed simply and quickly.
The construction of both units (ANG 62 and EAG 62) leaves nothing to be desired, from the point of view of interchangeability of units, robustness and simplicity.
No comment can yet be made on the quality of components, which will be dealt within a further report, except the remark on their smallness as compared with their British counterparts.
(added by AOB)

Consider the photograph at the front cover of the Würzburg book.

Additionally by: Arthur O. Bauer

Since the circuit drawings started in early December 1943, we may assume that this Würzburg apparatus (FuSE 62 “D” or FMG 39T/D) had been seized somewhere in September or October 1943, in Italy. As no other continental war-theatre had been in the hands of the Allies. The RAE trials took place at Farnborough.


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