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I have read a number of works (or listened to them) about the origins and beginnings of WWII. Many good works in the bunch. This BBC program is a nice complement to those more narrative history and scholarly works. It uses first-person accounts and actual first-person radio recordings to sketch what happened in the summer of 1940. Unlike some programs of its type, it is not completely fawning of the British side, or blindly supportive of the aficionados of the Spitfire over the Hurricane. You get some critical material on these topics and others among the more familiar discussion of the Battle of Britain. This is one of those programs that is nice, relatively light history that can be bought and stored on your MP3 player when you need a respite from more serious and longer books. Production quality is exellent.
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At least 500 Non-British Allied personnel fought Germans in the Battle of Britain. Why are these heroes forgotten and not even mentioned in this book?
Two Polish fighter squadrons No. 302 and No. 303 fought in the Battle. The highest scoring allied pilot of the Battle was Josef František a Czech pilot flying with No. 303 fighter squadron. No. 303 (Kościuszko) squadron was the highest scoring squadron of the Battle of Britain with 126 kills. No. 302 shot down 26 Luftwaffe aircraft during the Battle.
Non-British personnel in the RAF during the Battle of Britain:
New Zealand 135
South Africa 25
United States 11
Southern Rhodesia 4
Northern Rhodesia 1
A wonderful listen, with a dignifief yet interesting narrator and recordings from people who were actually there.
Listening to a couple of RAF veterans recount how they effed and blinded at over-zealous Home Guard fools who tried to shoot or arrest them on bailing out, mistaking them for Germans, was almost as much fun as listening to descriptions of hair-raising dogfights.
Thank you chaps. you fought an evil battle against top opponents so people like me could be free. You are all my heroes.
The Battle of Britain is a hobby of mine. I found this fascinating; of particular note are the (enhanced) broadcasts from during the Battle.