Battle of Britain: The Real Story

About the Show

Writer and historian James Holland presents a fresh analysis of the extraordinary events of the summer of 1940, focusing on the tactics, technologies and intelligence of both sides, and examining how Germany and Britain used their resources. In Germany, he meets some of the few surviving Luftwaffe Aces, and gains access to diaries offering striking, first-hand testimony from those who fought in the battle. He also gains analytical insight from veteran British fighter pilots, and finally resolves a debate which has raged for seven decades: which was the better fighter plane of the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire Mk1 or the Messerschmitt 109E?