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WWII: Battle of Britain Deluxe Edition

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In the wake of the fall of France in 1940, Adolph Hitler turned his sights to Great Britain. Before an invasion could begin however, the Royal Air Force would have to be destroyed.

Hermann Goring believed the task would be a fairly simple one, but he reckoned without the resolute British people and the valiant Royal Air Force.

Flying Hurricanes, Spitfires and other aircraft, R.A.F. pilots achieved a kill ratio of nearly 2.5, halting the German onslaught after four months. Never in the field of human conflict, said Winston Churchill, was so much been owed by so many to so few.

Featured on this DVD is The Battle of Britain, the epic documentary made during WWII by Frank Capra. Also included are seven other historic films about the British war effort. These include a pre-war review of the fleet by the King, newsreels about the fall of France and the Battle at Oran, two films about the Nazi V-1 and V-2 rocket weapons, and Men of Lightship 61, a rarely seen, but intensely moving, British propaganda film.

Digitally remastered and restored from original 16mm film prints, some of the films on this DVD have never been made available to the public. Because of their age and rarity, image and sound quality can vary.

Films are black and white. Over 110 minutes of material.

Please note: this DVD is presented in the DVD-R format. It may not be compatible with older DVD players. See your player's instruction manual for more information.

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"The Battle of Britain," Chapter IV of Frank Capra's "Why We Fight"series, begins after Hitler's conquest of Western Europe. Once firmly in control of the parts of France and Norway closest to Great Britain, the Nazis commence their massive air assault on the British isles. Outnumbered six to one, the fighters of the Royal Air Force defend their skies against the Luftwaffe for close to four months. Capra embellishes the British successes, for example the film claims the RAF fought 200 dogfights in the first thirty minutes of the battle alone, and that by the end of the first month they had destroyed 900 German planes. (In truth, the number is closer to 260). However, the success of the British defenses forced the Germans to change strategies, switching to more frightening night raids that terrorized London. But the British resolve won the day, in grand fashion. The film claims total German losses of more than 2,700. The real number is closer to 1,600. The number of downed British planes equaled approximately half that of Germany. --International Historic Films

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Product Details

  • Actors: Walter Huston
  • Directors: Frank Capra
  • Producers: Walter Huston
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: PeriscopeFilm.com
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WC08LM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD is a collection of newsreels from the 1940's Battle of Britain. Despite all the books on that epic struggle, I'd recommend this collection most highly because nothing beats watching the news of the day to get a feel for the people the newsreels were filmed for.

You will see footage of actual air attacks that make you cringe in your recliner, and you will feel the fear as airplanes battle each other in the sky, as bombs explode in neighborhoods that could have been yours. More than 60 years later, most of the world was not alive yet when Britain fought for its life and endured a hell of fire, noise, and devastation.

With this DVD you will know what it was like to live through a nightmare from which people felt they would never wake up.
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After viewing this documentary, go to London and see all the wonderful monuments dedicated to the Polish Air Force for saving London. The Polish Air Force, like the 5 million Polish-catholics murdered by Hitler and Stalin are constantly and painfully overlooked in History books, here in the USA. Overdue, is the respect to the Poles for their incredible contributions and heroics of WWII.
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