Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War Two for control of the skies over Britain as the new Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place.Written by
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Over sixty percent of R.A.F. Fighter Command aircraft, during the Battle of Britain, were Hawker Hurricanes. Due to the lack of Hurricanes in flying condition, when this movie was filmed, the bulk of the air-to-air combat scenes use the more famous (and better fighter) Supermarine Spitfire. During the actual battle, whenever possible, squadrons flying the Spitfire, would engage the German fighters, escorting bomber formations, while the lower-performance (but better gun platform) Hurricanes engaged the bombers. Shooting down German bombers was the critical key, since the bombers were attacking R.A.F. airfields in the first phase of the battle, and cities after the Luftwaffe changed target priorities. This movie accurately depicts the British need (and desire) to destroy bombers, to protect their air defense infrastructure, and later protect civilian targets. For similar reasons (the lack of working aircraft of the right type), Spitfires and Hurricanes are shown flying together in tactical formations, whereas in reality, R.A.F. squadrons flew one or the other type of fighter exclusively. Due to different performance characteristics, the two aircraft would not fly and fight together. See more »
When Air Vice Marshal Park visits Canfield at the latter's airfield, the designation of the squadron, "188", is shown on the door to the main office. No. 188 Squadron RAF did not exist during World War 2. No. 188 Squadron RAF was a World War 1 squadron that was active between 1917-1919. It has never been re-activated. See more »
[Sgt Pilot Andy is reading a letter, while the pilots are waiting for the call to scramble]
Sgt. Pilot Andy:
Pilot Officer Archie:
He's calling you names again, Arnold!
Sgt. Pilot Andy:
I spend half my leave getting her settled in the country, and now, "I'm bored", she says!
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In some prints of this film, the scenes involving Hitler and the Nazis (not to mention other scenes in Polish) are not subtitled at all, and the audience watching the film has no idea what the Germans are planning. See more »
Never knew this movie existed until I happened upon it at the local video store. I decided to give it a chance. This movie can be compared to "Tora! Tora! Tora!" in that it gives one the factual perspective of the Battle of Britain and not some love story or "shoot'em up" action adventure set around the Battle of Britain. It is the absence of such elements that makes some viewers not enjoy this kind of film. However, if you are interested in seeing history played out on the screen, or are a history buff like me, you will enjoy this movie. The characters are not deep or complex and there is little character development, but in a movie like this, it is not necessary. There is a pretty useless subplot involving a man and his wife, but other than that, this film is not to be missed by those who enjoy WWII history.
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