In 1940, the German and British air forces fought for air
superiority over England. This was to be the Battle of Britain...
Battle of Britain boasts that it uses unseen footage
from the 1968 film, Battle of Britain to illustrate
the many air battles. However, the "seen" material, that is
to say the film itself, offers a better description of events
than these bits and pieces that were left on the cutting room
floor. One can only assume that rights issues and cost were
the deciding factor here.
the visuals in this documentary may be a little lack lustre,
the interviews with surviving pilots - from both sides - are
nothing short of fascinating. No history text can ever replace
a firsthand account, and it is this one aspect that rescues
Battle of Britain from the mundane.
It is interesting to note that unlike the interviews from
the excellent Band of Brothers, the pilots seem less
emotional and affected by their combat experiences. In fact,
this is a point that is addressed by one of the interviewees
during the course of the documentary.
lacking the impact of the stunning The
World at War, Battle of Britain would
be a welcome addition to any World War II documentary