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Battle of Britain 1940 with James Holland

76 minutes

'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few' Winston Churchill

1. Lead up to the Battle 2. The Commanders and the Kit 3. Summary of the Battle @ 43.42 Reading, Richard Hillary cont.... 4. Key moments and Hot points 5. Troops, tactics and tech 6. Some individuals 7. Conclusion and Aftermath

Today we going to discuss the Battle of Britain with James Holland. Fought in the skies above Britain between the Royal Air Force and Nazi Germany’s Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940. We are very fortunate to be joined by a historian who has written extensively on the second world war. His 2010 book, the ‘Battle of Britain’, is highly regarded and a must read on the subject. Per Ardua Ad Astra.

This is, our section on some of the most important Battles in History. The Prussian military theorist, Carl von Clausewitz, said that War is Politics by other means. And in war, battles are fought – on land, on sea and in the air. Many are inconclusive, some are a step towards eventual victory and of course the winner of the last battle is generally the victor. We are going to examine some iconic Battles which have either brought a war to a close or have had such an important effect on the war that they have decisively changed its direction and outcome. A very few of these end up defining a conflict or even a nation.

So it goes,

Tom Assheton and James Jackson

James Holland's WW2 podcast with Al Murray:

We Have Ways Of Making You Talk


Battle of Britain (2010) and Brothers in Arms (2021) by James Holland

The Last Enemy by Flight Lieutenant Richard Hillary

Reach for the Sky by Paul Brickhill

Books recommended by James Holland:

First Light by Geoffrey Wellum

Smoked Trails in the Sky by Tony Bartley

Scramble by Tom Neil

See also:

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