The Battle of Britain

Synopsis: In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda film series, we have the account of Great Britain's last stand against the forces of Nazi Germany. This mainly focuses on the desperate, but successful, battle to maintain their vital air superiority over the British Isles and the morale of the people to prevent invasion.
Production: US Army
  2 wins.
54 min

..with the German air force in control

of the air.

Britain also had an air force.

An air force outnumbered 10 to 1 by the enemy

..both in men and machines.

There was Britain herself.

The people of Britain.

The people who would be terrorized

and forced to surrender.

They knew every man, woman and child,

in uniform and out,

..would be Hitler's target, in the onslaught that could

come at any moment.

They knew they had a job to do

and not much time to do it in.

The young, the not so young and the old.

The clerk, the butcher, the farmer, the member of


..they formed the civilian army,

Britain's Home guard.

They started from scratch.

Experience, equipment, supplies...

..all were scarce.

Only one shell to fire at each practice.

The women of Britain refused to be left out.

We're in this too."

We'll put up the barrage balloons."

Man the air cat guns."

We'll run railroads and get the trains

through on time."

Ferry the planes."

Carry the dispatches."

Drive the ambulances and run the buses."

And we'll see our male are fed,

and don't go hungry."

Others worked.

They worked full time.


Double time.

Forty hours a week, fifty, sixty, seventy.

Hours meant nothing.

Fatigue meant nothing.

Until the government forced them to cut down hours,

because over-fatigue was...

..hurting production.

And when they weren't working the men

patrolled the moors for parachutes...

..blocked the roads...

.. rehearsed invasion defenses.

For something had happened here

the Germans could never understand.

In a democracy, it is not the Government

that makes war... is the people.

To lead them, the people had chosen Winston

Churchill as their Prime Minister.

To lead them, the people had chosen Winston

Churchill as their Prime Minister.

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Julius J. Epstein

Julius J. Epstein (August 22, 1909 – December 30, 2000) was an American screenwriter, who had a long career, best remembered for his screenplay – written with his twin brother, Philip, and Howard E. Koch – of the film Casablanca (1942), for which the writers won an Academy Award. It was adapted from an unpublished play, Everybody Comes to Rick's, written by Murray Bennett and Joan Alison. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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