Battle of Britain (1969) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Guy Hamilton and produced by Harry Saltzman, Benjamin Fisz and John Palmer.
Battle Of Britain – part 8By Tom on Feb 3, 2013 From The Old Movie House
Gripes and Kudos Laurence Olivier played Sir Hugh Dowding Trevor Howard played Sir Keith Park Ralph Richardson played ... Read full article
Battle Of Britain – part 7By Tom on Jan 28, 2013 From The Old Movie House
The All Too Real and Some nice touches Germany attacked and bombed London ruthlessly and randomly. No one was safe, and no place was free of the possibility of being bombed. If it was English it was fair game. What you’re about to see are screen captures from the film, and some actual photos o... Read full article
Battle Of Britain – part 6By Tom on Jan 27, 2013 From The Old Movie House
The Pilots Even though it was called The Battle Of Britain it’s a popular misconception to think the pilots who flew for Britain were entirely British. Even though the vast majority were indeed British (2,500) they did get a great deal of help from 147 Poles, 101 New Zealanders, 94 Canadians, ... Read full article
Battle Of Britain – part 5By Tom on Jan 22, 2013 From The Old Movie House
What happens next is a very ordinary human fault . They got lost. A German air crew with a desire to return to their respective homes early drops their bombs on what they think isn’t London. The navigator doesn’t seem to have a clue where London is. He says it’s six kilometers b... Read full article
Battle Of Britain – part 4By Tom on Jan 20, 2013 From The Old Movie House
A Stuka crashing at Ventnor radar station The scan below is a depiction of the radar system Britain had at the time of the Battle Of Britain. It’s from the book by Karen Farrington entitled World War II – Ground, Sea & Air Battles. If you want to look at it in detail would might be w... Read full article
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Squadron Leader Skipper: You call your wife?
[Andy shakes his head slightly]
Squadron Leader Skipper: All right, boy! Get in!
[cocks his head toward his small maroon Austin Ascot 12/6]
Sgt. Pilot Chris: [the British Spitfire pilots are having an easy time shooting down the feared German Stuka Dive Bombers] It's like shooting rats in a barrel.
Squadron Leader Canfield: *You'll* be "in a barrel", if you don't watch out for the *fighters*!
[With the aid of an interpreter, Edwards has berated the Polish pilots for attacking German bombers against orders, before pulling a telegram out of his pocket]
Squadron Leader Edwards: Finally, and God alone knows why, I've received the following signal:
Squadron Leader Edwards: "Congratulations! As of today, this Squadron is operational." Signed, Air Vice Marshall Keith Park, AOC 11 Group
[the men start cheering, and Squadron Leader Edwards smirks, before the scene changes to Dowding's office]
Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: I was wrong about the Poles.
Air Vice Marshal Keith Park: We also have the second Polish Squadron.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: [Donning his cap] I *thought* you'd mention them. Allright, make them operational.
Air Vice Marshal Keith Park: And the Canadians?
Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding: And the Czechs. We need them *all!*
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According to the book written about the making of the movie the production crew used more ammunition (blanks of course) to film the movie - due to the fact that directors re-shoot scenes numerous times - than were actually used in the real battle.
Many mock-ups of Spitfires and Hurricanes were made in the months prior to filming. Some had lawn mower engines fitted and could be taxied around the airfield, but if they braked too hard they would flip up onto their nose. This happened several times in front of the cameras and some of the footage was eventually used in the film.
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