Battle of Britain (DVD)
A box set of three films chronicling a defining moment in British history: The Few; Darkest Hour; and The Blitz.
A story of human endeavour, the contest between British and German airforces in 1940 which became a defining point of the Second World War. With unseen footage from the feature film, Battle of Britain, this series provides an unbiased accounts of the events in the skies above Britain. A chronological account of a country preparing to defend itself against a rising empire.
By May 1940, the die was cast and the war started in earnest. This episode examines the build-up to the Battle of Britain, studying the technological advances that the RAF pioneered, to the start of the Battle itself. At the heart of the RAF production were two world-class fighters – theHurricane & the Spitfire, able to compete against the best that the Luftwaffe had to offer.
This focuses on events from July to early Sept. 1940, where both sides were finding their feet. The Germans tried initially to bomb British naval shipping with limited success. Three separate attacks in August, targeting RAF airfields were successful – Biggin Hill, North Weald & Kenley were all put out of action – albeit temporarily. Then the Germans made a mistake that ultimately lost them the war.
During the first week of September, Hitler decided to move the bombing strategy away from the airfields, to civilian London. This episode examines the spirit of the Londoners who defied Hitler, and ultimately ended the war in the last weeks of September. The RAF with fewer resources, fewer men & machines had beaten the might of the Luftwaffe.
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