80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of radar scientists coming to Malvern


80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of radar scientists coming to Malvern

Two talks from the best in their field, an exhibition and a BOOK Launch!

4-9pm, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May 2022

at The Lewis Lecture Theatre, Malvern College, WR14 3DF

  • 6:45 PM – STEALING THE NAZI’S SECRETS – Damien Lewis – best selling author
  • 8 PM –  ‘THE FLAME OF RESISTANCE’  – Book Launch – Damien Lewis launches his latest book

Exhibitions by MRATHS using rare original material:

  • Battle of the Atlantic
  • ADRDE at Pale Manor
  • Life in the Malvern College
  • Listening to the Nazis

Presented by

  • Malvern Radar and Technology History Society, Charity 118300 and
  • Malvern College

This is a ticketed event – Strictly limited numbers

Tickets through Eventbrite, see above.


More about the Event

5PM – TALK 1


The unbreakable code and the unstoppable missiles – Hitler’s unbeatable combination? Not quite – but the British response was one perhaps only Britain could assemble. Two Cambridge mathematicians, a practical joker, an organ-playing cricketer, a career criminal, a Jamaican court clerk, a star French linguist, a 14-year-old schoolgirl messenger, a milliner, a Polish farmer, Churchill’s daughter and Donald Trump’s uncle. Only the British …! But by the combined efforts of these and many others, and after delays and mishaps, the intelligence jigsaw fitted together and with Malvern’s help, decisive action was taken – disaster was averted, and the unbeatable was beaten. Dr Phil Judkins tells the whole story as it has never been told, with all its triumphs and tragedies, celebrating now-forgotten heroes as well as those well-known.

Dr Philip Judkins:

Phil’s original qualification is in classical archaeology at Cambridge, but his PhD is in his first love, the history of radar. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on the history of radar, interception and cryptography, and electronic warfare, with his work featured in The Times, the Daily Mail, on television and in films. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Leeds and soon to take up a Fellowship at Cambridge, where he is working with Sidney Sussex College on a project to attract more young people, particularly women, to study mathematics and science subjects.

6.45 PM – TALK 2


Damien will re-tell part of the story from his Sunday Times bestselling book SAS Shadow Raiders about how a British Joint Force stole a German Wurzburg Radar from Northern France in one of WWII’s most daring raids, in the first airborne mission launched from British soil. Vital to the success of ‘Operation Biting’ was the work of the French resistance, who risked all to gather the crucial information that enabled the intimate planning of this high-stakes snatch-and-grab raid, one that had the potential to change the course of the war.

The research for his new book, The Flame Of Resistance, which is to be launched at this event, led him to discover new stories about the French support for Operation Biting – so he’ll deliver two great stories of stealing the Nazi’s secrets in one. The Flame Of Resistance, published at the end of May, reveals the story of the superstar of stage, screen and song, Josephine Baker, and her little-known clandestine role in WWII as a daring spy for the Allies. As with the Wurzburg raid, her spying, directed from London, helped change the course of the war.

Damien Lewis:

Damien Lewis is a number one bestselling author whose books have been translated into over forty languages worldwide. For decades he worked as a war and conflict reporter for the world’s major broadcasters, reporting from across Africa, South America, the Middle and Far East, winning numerous awards.

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