S u m m a r y
||The Battle of Britain
available online from Wade Meyers Studios
||Great wartime footage, terrific inspiration for modellers.
Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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The Battle of Britain holds a special place in
history. This DVD highlights the events in a documentary format.
Dramatic music is used to great advantage. The DVD goes from the Fall
of France to the end of the night Blitz. You are treated to tracked
vehicles but virtually no tanks on the beach.
There is a lot of reference material included in
the video. Stukas diving over Dover straight down. I am still
impressed when I see this. There is some wonderful gun sight footage of
Ju-88s and He-111s being shot down. It isn’t all one sided and there is
a nice sequence of a Walrus rescue. There are lots of shots of Do-17s,
a Fulmar, and early 109s. Actually this portion of the DVD is like an
advertisement for Classic Airframes. It certainly is inspirational.
There are plenty of Spitfires being shot down too. A random sequence is
inserted that shows P-40s and Buffalos flying and firing. OK it is a
propaganda film. I noticed that the numbers of losses were
exaggerated. It is no wonder that the American press didn’t believe the
numbers. The next sequence shows Wellingtons and night fighting 109s in
The next part of the video is produced by Warner
Brothers and is called “Target for Tonight”. “Target for Tonight”
dissects a British Bomber operation from beginning to end. It opens
with an Anson dropping off film from a recon flight by parachute. Don’t
know why they couldn’t land but hey it is Warner Brothers. “You know
how it is with these A cards”. Immediately you notice the differences
from an American briefing. First thing is there is no Initial Point
(IP) for the bomb run just a suggested route in. There is also no
altitude this is left up to the plane captain. Basically just do
whatever you want and drop the bombs on the target. F for Freddie is
the hero of the sequence. You are treated to some great shots perfect
for the Trumpeter kit. There are also some great interior shots showing
off the geodex siding. There is a unique way of starting a Wellington.
Something is stuffed into the exhausts until it is started. It looks
like a rag or some sort of cloth. You also get some excellent shots of
the weathering and painted out roundels on some airplanes.
The takeoff is definitely different than an
American one where everyone is lined up and goes as soon as the other is
off. The British allow a lot of separation between aircraft. F for
Freddie is shown in some beautiful in flight shots against the clouds
but you notice that the aircraft is all by itself. Ack Ack incoming is
beautifully eerie. It is interesting to see the control exchange
between pilots by the pilot getting out of his seat and then the other
guy gets in it. What were they thinking? Also there is no oxygen in
use. After using all the powers that the British flyers can muster they
obliterate a model train terminal. Now to get home with some damage and
an injured crew member. How could it get worse? Fog. Not an issue for
the British obviously they light an interesting fire landing system and
F for Freddie is home. It all seems so easy. No losses and the target
destroyed; did the night fighter force exist? Of course this is a
documentary made by a Hollywood film company and this couldn’t be father
from the truth.
There is a small little piece on Dover, hellfire
corner by Eduard R. Murrow. The sequence shows some nice low level
This DVD is typical of the quality historical video
I’ve come to expect from Victory Films. They present a unique war time
view of the conflict.
Thanks to Wade Meyers and
for the review copy.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
This Page Created on 23 August, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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