The Battle of Britain (1943)

The Battle of Britain

This motion picture film focuses on the British defense against German aerial warfare, August-December, 1940. It emphasizes the courage of the people and the skill of the Royal Air Force (RAF.) Reel 1 explains Adolf Hitler’s plan for invading England after gaining air superiority. It shows Hitler in Paris and German troops ready for the invasion, Britons setting up defenses, training for civilian defense and manning machines. Reel 2 shows invasion defense training; citizens greeting Winston Churchill; and German planes bombing British convoys, coastal fortifications and airfields. RAF pilots man planes and down Germans. An English pilot is rescued in the Channel. In Reel 3, industrial cities are bombed but continue production. In September, the attacks are turned to London, to crush the spirit of the people. Children are sent from the city. Reel 4 consists mostly of activities during air raids. Footage shows damage and air raid shelters, scarred London landmarks, and General Hermann Goring. Reel 5 emphasizes the determination of the British people; citizens comment on the raids. English planes bomb a German target. Coventry is flattened in retaliation. Reel 6 records the London bombing on Christmas Eve, causing the largest fire in recorded history. Water is pumped from the Thames.

Credit: Nuclear Vault

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