Voices of The Battle of Britain

Voices of The Battle of Britain

The History Channel  |  April 29, 2018

It is nearly 75 years since the Battle of Britain, arguably the most important victory in Britain's long history. And of the men who flew and fought to defend Britain in that fateful summer of 1940, just a few survive today. This landmark production features exclusive interviews with many on the last of 'the few' along with new material and classic film archive. Many of these men were barely twenty years old when they flew their Spitfires and Hurricanes against German bomber formations and their fighter escorts. 75 years later those sights and experiences remain bright and vivid in their memories. Many of their stories have not been told before. These brave men tell of their inspiration to fly and join the RAF even as war loomed; their first contact with the enemy; their skill, or luck, as many call it, in dog-fighting with the German fighters; the terror of being shot at and, in many cases, shot down; the stress of daily life, on readiness at dawn, day after day, and coping with the loss of friends and colleagues. This programme gets right to the heart of the conflict, telling the famous story of the Battle in the words of the pilots for the first time.

It is nearly 75 years since the Battle of Britain, arguably the most important victory in Britain's long history. And of the men who flew and fought to defend Britain in that fateful summer of 1940, just a few survive today. This landmark production features exclusive interviews with many on the last of 'the few' along with new material and classic film archive. Many of these men were barely twenty years old when they flew their Spitfires and Hurricanes against German bomber formations and their fighter escorts. 75 years later those sights and experiences remain bright and vivid in their memories. Many of their stories have not been told before. These brave men tell of their inspiration to fly and join the RAF even as war loomed; their first contact with the enemy; their skill, or luck, as many call it, in dog-fighting with the German fighters; the terror of being shot at and, in many cases, shot down; the stress of daily life, on readiness at dawn, day after day, and coping with the loss of friends and colleagues. This programme gets right to the heart of the conflict, telling the famous story of the Battle in the words of the pilots for the first time.

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