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The Battle for The Battle of Britain (1969)



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In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K.

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A story set during the famous WWII air battle between the British Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe.



Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Himself - Host
Winston Churchill ... Himself, prime minister of the United Kingdom (voice) (archive footage)
Harry Saltzman ... Himself
Benjamin Fisz Benjamin Fisz ... Himself, WWII fighter pilot (as Ben Fisz)
Guy Hamilton ... Himself
Ralph Richardson ... Himself
Curd Jürgens ... Himself
Robert Shaw ... Himself
Trevor Howard ... Himself
Michael Redgrave ... Himself
Laurence Olivier ... Himself
Hugh Dowding Hugh Dowding ... Himself, chief of Britain's air defences in 1940
Hamish Mahaddie Hamish Mahaddie ... Himself, group captain
Erhard Milch Erhard Milch ... Himself, field marshal, Nazi war criminal
Hermann Göring ... Himself, commander-in-chief, Luftwaffe (archive footage)


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1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El combate por la Batalla de Inglaterra See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.33 : 1
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23 December 2015 | by binkiepaulSee all my reviews

As the director of "The Battle for the Battle of Britain" I was pleased to read the mainly favorable review. It was the beginning of my career and holds many happy memories for me. The review mentions how so many of the German "advisers" were still only middle aged. Being very young myself I didn't truly appreciate how close I was to a still recent history. It was 1968 not 1972 as mentioned. I do have one vivid memory of being in a darkened lounge of a huge Seville hotel where some very old German Luftwaffe pilots were watching a film of their propaganda of the bombing of British airfields and calling out the airfields names in joy as they were bombed! Where can I buy a copy? There was an edition which I did a commentary for some years back and was included with the feature but I can't find it anywhere. Thanks for any help. Paul Annett.

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