The Battle Of Britain - This was the fourth ofFrank Capra'sWhy We Fightseries of seven films, which made the case for fighting and winning theSecond World War. It was released in 1943 and concentrated on the German bombardment of theUnited Kingdomin anticipation ofOperation Sea Lion, the planned Nazi invasion of Great Britain. Despite many losses, and destruction of historic buildings, the Germans cannot break Britain. They switch to night attacks, hoping to terrorise the people and make them "cry for mercy". But the people show great resilience. The British also counter-attack, bombing German factories. Hitler takes revenge bydestroying Coventry. After a brief respite at Christmas Hitler sends firebombs to London, creating "the greatest fire in recorded history". More bombings and firestorms are created, but Britain's defences hold up, giving a year of precious time to other countries threatened by the Nazis. 52 minutes.
The Spitfire Story - The Spitfire was the plane that nobody wanted. It was turned down by the British Government, by industry and even by the Royal Air Force, when the design was first presented to them. It survived only because of the conviction of its great designer, R.J. Mitchell, to become by far the most famous, the most inspirational, the most successful warplane of its generation; the very symbol and image of British pride and power, as the killer fighter of the decisive air battle of World War 2, the Battle of Britain. It was the only allied airplane that was kept in production throughout the entire duration of the war, appearing in over 40 different versions, and flying in every theatre of the war. With hitherto unseen footage, this programme tells the entire story of this remarkable airplane, from its inception, to its great triumphs in battle. 85 minutes.