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WWII: The Battle of Britain | Memories of 'Britain's finest hour'

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By the summer of 1940, the Nazi war machine had conquered much of Europe and now Britain was its next target. The RAF was heavily outnumbered by the Luftwaffe, but Britain's determination was strong and by October 1940 Hitler had abandoned his plans for invasion.

In this collection of programmes and documents, we hear from some of the battle's heroes, see the Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane fighter planes in action and discover why the Battle of Britain should always be remembered.

WWII: The Battle of Britain Collection

A page from a 1940 London Calling article about the Observer Corps.

London Calling - The Men Who Watch

WRITTEN 1940
2 PAGES

Two members of the Observer Corps describe their duties.

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A page from a 1940 London Calling article about the RAF.

London Calling - These men of the RAF

WRITTEN 1940
3 PAGES

Charles Gardner spends time with RAF pilots in combat.

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Listener Research Report on Charles Gardner News broadcast.

Listener Research Report - Charles Gardner Air Battle Commentary

WRITTEN 1940
4 PAGES

The results of an urgent inquiry into the controversial radio report are analysed.

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Letter to the BBC about taking souvenirs from shot down enemy aircraft.

Letter to the BBC from a Concerned Member of the Public

WRITTEN 1940
1 PAGE

A warning about items recovered from German planes shot down in England.

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Letter from the BBC to Air Marshall Joubert about wartime donations.

Letter from the BBC to Air Marshal Joubert

WRITTEN 1940
2 PAGES

Air Marshal Joubert is to broadcast thanks to the Empire for donations.

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A page from a 1940 'London Calling' article about aerial dogfights.

London Calling - Guarding Britain's Sky

WRITTEN 1940
1 PAGE

How an aerial dogfight starts, proceeds and ends.

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A page from a 1940 'London Calling' article about Spitfires.

London Calling - The Fighting Spitfire

WRITTEN 1940
1 PAGE

A technical description of Britain's famous fighter plane.

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A page from a 1940 'London Calling' article about aerial combat.

London Calling - Air Battle over the English Channel

WRITTEN 1940
1 PAGE

The tactics of an air battle over Dover analysed in detail.

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Letter from Air Marshal Joubert to the BBC about topics for his broadcasts.

Letter from the Air Ministry about topics for Broadcasting

WRITTEN 1940
1 PAGE

Air Marshal Joubert suggests subjects for his BBC broadcasts during the Battle of Britain.

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Memo containing confidential information from the Air Ministry.

Memo regarding Confidential Information from the Air Ministry

WRITTEN 1940
1 PAGE

Notes on the character of captured German pilots.

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Extract from 'Roof Over Britain'.

Script Extract - Roof over Britain

WRITTEN c. 1943
2 PAGES

Transcript of a government publication about the role of the anti-aircraft defences.

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Letter from the Air Ministry to the BBC about the anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Letter from the Air Ministry about the Battle of Britain Anniversary

WRITTEN 1943
1 PAGE

How best to mark the third anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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Memo about marking the third anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Memo about the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

WRITTEN 1943
1 PAGE

Why marking the anniversary of the Battle of Britain is so important.

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