The Battle of Britain: From the BBC Archives

  • by Mark Jones
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
  • 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

First-hand accounts featuring the RAF pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain - one of the chief turning points of World War II.
‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’ - Winston Churchill. The ‘Few’ were the nearly 3,000 RAF pilots who fought against the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, which raged in the skies over southern England and the English Channel in the summer of 1940.
With a new prime minister, Winston Churchill, Britain fought alone in Europe - and under the threat of invasion from Hitler’s Germany. Douglas Bader, Flight Lt Richard Hillary, ‘Ginger’ Lacey, and Flight Lt. Brian Kingcombe describe the strains they had to face as pilots: ‘I didn’t have butterflies in my stomach - I had vultures’ and the ‘long, boring hours interspersed with moments of tremendous exhilaration’.
Their determination, bravery, and skill are evident as, outnumbered, they fought doggedly in their superior Hurricanes and Spitfires.
With news bulletins, reportage, personal accounts from the ground crews, and excerpts from Churchill’s famous speeches, this recording undeniably shows why, for the victorious RAF pilots, ‘This was their finest hour’.


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Bandits at 6 o'clock!

A wonderful listen, with a dignifief yet interesting narrator and recordings from people who were actually there.

Listening to a couple of RAF veterans recount how they effed and blinded at over-zealous Home Guard fools who tried to shoot or arrest them on bailing out, mistaking them for Germans, was almost as much fun as listening to descriptions of hair-raising dogfights.

Thank you chaps. you fought an evil battle against top opponents so people like me could be free. You are all my heroes.
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- Jamie Sleeman


The Battle of Britain is a hobby of mine. I found this fascinating; of particular note are the (enhanced) broadcasts from during the Battle.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2010
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited