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Mark Jones (Author) , Tim Pigott-Smith (Read by)
A reissue of the 2010 collection.
First-hand accounts from the RAF pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain, one of the chief turning points of World War II.
'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,’ said Winston Churchill. The 'few' were the nearly 3,000 RAF pilots who fought against the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, which raged in the skies over southern England and the English Channel in the summer of 1940.
With a new Prime Minister in Winston Churchill, Britain fought alone in Europe under the threat of invasion from Hitler's Germany. Douglas Bader, Flight Lt Richard Hillary, 'Ginger' Lacey, and Flight Lt. Brian Kingcombe describe the strains they had to face as pilots - 'I didn't have butterflies in my stomach - I had vultures' - and the 'long, boring hours interspersed with moments of tremendous exhilaration’. The men’s determination, bravery and skill are evident as, outnumbered, they fought doggedly in their superior Hurricanes and Spitfires.
With news bulletins, reportage, personal accounts from the ground crews, and excerpts from Churchill's famous speeches, this recording undeniably shows why, for the victorious RAF pilots, 'This was their finest hour'.
Published: 11 Jun 2015
Published: 8 Dec 2011
This series explores how Prime Ministers have used their power and responded to the great challenges of their time and how they made the job what it is today. Nick Robinson explores the life and times of the following: Sir Robert Walpole, the first and longest-serving prime minister; Lord North, remembered as the prime minister who lost America; Sir Robert Peel, who put national interest before party; Lord Palmerston, who cultivated a cavalier image and dominated mid-Victorian politics; Benjamin Disraeli, who turned his skills as a novelist to politics and became Britain’s first Jewish-born prime minister; David Lloyd George, a Welsh radical who set up the early welfare state, became a presidential PM in the First World War and split the Liberal party; Stanley Baldwin, the first prime minister to master radio broadcasting, whose notion of Englishness shaped inter-war Britain and Clement Attlee, who lacked any charisma, but created the modern welfare state and managed the big political beasts in his Cabinet. Extract from speech by Lloyd George: British Library Board. All Rights Reserved.
2 CDs. 1 hr 52 mins.
Published: 2 Jun 2011
Published: 4 Nov 2010
Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War Two. He was one of the twentieth century’s greatest orators, and the speeches that he painstakingly composed, rehearsed and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation. Churchill’s output was prolific – his complete speeches alone contain over 5 million words. On this special recording, the best and most important of those have been brought together in this historic volume. Using digitally remastered archive recordings, they include: ‘Blood, toil, tears and sweat’ / ‘The Few’ / ‘This was their finest hour’ / ‘We can take it!’ / ‘An Iron Curtain has descended’ / ‘Never give in!’ / ‘A total and unmitigated defeat’/ ‘Give us the tools’. Winston Churchill oversaw some of the most important events the world has ever seen and was the most eloquent and expressive statesman of his age. These speeches help reveal the man behind the defiant orator and demonstrate why, in a national poll, Sir Winston Churchill was voted ‘Greatest Briton of All Time’. ' The most persuasive and patriotic exhortations to arms since the Agincourt address from Henry V.' - Guardian.
2 CDs. 2 hrs 30 mins.
Published: 4 Apr 2005