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This documentary commemorates the Battle of Britain, paying tribute to those who ended Nazi intentions of gaining control of the British skies. 13 Hours That Saved Britain explores the events of 15th September 1940, which Churchill described as the ‘crux of the battle’. Dramatic colour film footage of aerial combat combined with contemporary interviews will illustrate that the events of seventy years ago still resonate. A gripping account featuring the pilots who defended Britain in the summer of 1940 and the strong arm behind the shield, a nation united to defend its freedom and pave the way for eventual victory.
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on one day in September in 1940 the Battle of Britain reached its decisive moment throughout the summer months Britain's Fighter Command had fought a desperate battle against the Luftwaffe as far as the planes were concerned we've never seen anything like it it was just awesome it was they were overhead there were masses of them they'd only got to come across the water and they were here everybody was in the front line there were civilians were in the front line beneath the battle ridden skies people from all walks of life became involved in the defense of Britain age situation or circumstance was no barrier it was a time that this country was actually welded together with one aim in mind to defeat the aggressor each day they face the grim realities the next thing he said I know I'm standing on my own yeah and the man's on the floor a big boat to me as a child it seemed extraordinary fun and then I class to the right and I saw this huge formation of Spitfires and hurricanes making their way directly to watch the formation of the bush and it was just unbelievable to see so many Erica never seen so many aircraft one day of dramatic aerial combat would now decide the fate of the nation roll of the luff up during the Battle of Britain was to destroy Fighter Command to gain air superiority to enable the invasion to take place to occupy Britain or to forces out of the war on Nazi terms this is the story of that day the 15th of September 1940 and 13 hours that same Britain Hitler's Nazi Germany dominates Europe his armed forces have swept across the continent crushing all opposition of his enemies only Britain remains undefeated the rest of Europe was either in thrall to Nazi Germany or had been conquered Poland Denmark Norway France Belgium Holland Luxembourg these countries had fallen so Germany was at the peak of his powers Hermann Goering head of the Luftwaffe believes that attacks by German air force alone can bring Britain to its knees he has promised a Fuhrer that the Royal Air Force will be swept from the skies the German air force had concentrated on the road airports went in the air and on the ground the fighter airfields Germans were flying what they turned three hunts 100 150 fighters sweeping over southern Britain hunting out the hurricanes and Spitfires an instruction went out prior pilots not to engage these fighters unless they were escorting bombers so the myth started to grow that the Royal Air Force was being depleted and defeating the following events take place between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. 1304 a turning point in the war with Germany 6:34 a.m. Sunday dawns for a country who's lived in fear of invasion for more than three months we had the Germans knocking at the door at the airport that they've been overwhelmed they would have been in London with it within a week or so we couldn't have stopped it when France fell we didn't think we had a chance I mean they'd only got to come across the water and they were here we were very conscious of the fact that if we lost it and I'd say the game was up but the battle the war would have been fought on our territory I think any outside observer you think well how can that small country survive against this might organize might I said this oldest soldier tell me what we gonna do if the Germans come he said the Germans come son you will do what you're told our sort of the captain Marion captain was replaced and he used to finish each parade before I dismiss you remember boys take no prisoners shoot the bastards your motto is kill NEBOSH under Niko with his revolver kill kill kill it encapsulates the exact attitude of the British people at that time Britain's air defense Network prepares itself for the thirteen hours ahead the air defence of Great Britain was divided up into four fighter groups ten group covering the southwest the eleven group London and the South East 12 group the Midlands East Coast and number 13 group defending parts of the Northeast Scotland and Northern Ireland as the day begins one squadron from each sector is brought to readiness the integrated air defense of the United Kingdom is all down to the foresight of Sir Hugh Dowding when he took over Fighter Command he reorganized the air defence of the United Kingdom into the group system the Germans had nothing like it and in fact they just did not realize what they were up against 802 am a lone German Hankel bomber on a weather reconnaissance flight flies westward along the English Channel out of range of British fighters its progress is monitored by an innovation that is the cornerstone of Dowding air defence system we had radar which of course gave his eyes into the continent so we could see the buildup of aircraft and we could see the aircraft coming across towards the UK this would give us time to get the aircraft up off the ground and into position to meet any given threat this information would go from the radar stations to Headquarters Fighter Command it was filtered part of their operations room and then passed direct to the group they would place the plots on the table and these will being tracked in by radar see a traitor was entirely in the business of Defence in other words picking up bombers ninety miles range before they ever started crossing a channel heading in our direction they were seen on the screen the moment they got up in the air the course flown by the learn Heinkel eventually brings it within range of British lighters the controller of the day would watch this he would then alert whichever sector station he wanted the sector controllers job was to get his aircraft off the ground to vector them towards the enemy formations the sector controller scrambles to hurricane's from Exeter to intercept the intruder none of its five-man crew survives they are the first casualties of the day for the people of South East England increasingly accustomed to living in the shadow of war it's a Sunday morning like many others but it will not be a day of rest for many cannot begin his round again and the family is sitting out on each pilgrimage to the green fields our kingdom for some children it is the start of another day of a working holiday in the countryside far from the dangers of wool we should go to hop picking the same farm every year in September no it was traditional to wait for we should have tuned out of occasions about ten days before we actually went when modern dad used to get a car saying we've booked a bin and up for you which gives agricultural workers that let someone not in for two you've got extra rations summer term of 1940 attending dr. junior Technical College and a notice came round asking for volunteers to go fruit picking in the coming autumn currently all accommodation food would be provided free of charge and we'd be paid for this for the work we did in the East End of London marries steri is looking forward to a big family occasion my uncle was getting married we didn't know the girl he was getting married but we were told that she was a young actress we had been invited to the wedding my father all us kids the one getting married Uncle Tom was only and was younger than my dad and they didn't want us to go today but well we went Herbert Harry was getting ready to join his workmates for a fundraising football match I played a lot of football and a me time I played a money to decent grounds but they knew that work my Foreman was it a decent type and I said if you claim my car I let you off to play football we used to play down by world of scrubs and I attract a thousand people in the same day 9:00 a.m. while London stares into life advices in occupied France Luftwaffe air crews prepare their aircraft for a major attack one they expect to be decisive there was a meeting in the hague in holland headed by hermann goering at this meeting the state of the Royal Air Force in particular Fighter Command was discussed German pilots are going back claiming maybe they shot down 10 20 hurricanes and Spitfires in reality only five Germans believed that the Royal Air Force was now on the verge of defeat and they mounted two major rains 10:30 a.m. britain's air defenses are on full alert but now air vice-marshal Keith Park commander of 11 group receives unexpected news Prime Minister Winston Churchill has chosen today to visit 11 groups command center in full view of the controller here ducks bridge he could see the German forces assembling over the continent before they crossed the channel Churchill watch his markers appear on the table indicating a buildup of German bomber squadrons making their way to rendezvous points over the French coast starting from a few aircraft coming over the or New England and the south and east coast to suddenly having to put up 250 plus was very very scary but you couldn't imagine that many aeroplanes coming over and where we going to survive 11050 two squadrons of Spitfires from eleven group a scramble from the Biggin Hill climbing fast they set course for their allotted patrol area 25,000 feet above Canterbury the system swings into action as parks controllers scramble more squadrons somebody would tell you that there were 200 plus a hundred plus 50 plus coming over array did build-up like a thunderstorm the Luftwaffe formations comprising more than 200 aircraft wheel towards England their target London their course will take them over the farms and fields of Kent or neighbor said to me your mother's calling you Albert I think you want to meet a courage sent back to the fuss as I walked back to the hearts we heard a heavy drone of aircraft the weather was fine clear skies nice autumn days and then then after that it all happened the aircraft of Fighter Command are about to be drawn into a major battle above the Garden of England the fate of the nation hands upon its own you 11:36 am 15th of september 1940 Luftwaffe formations cross the English coast at Folkston the only opposition there meet his anti-aircraft fire from the ground reinforcing their belief that the Royal Air Force is on the verge of defeat and London is exposed to attack civilians in can't have a ringside seat for the tumultuous events that had followed that they weren't dropping bombs they were just flying steadily not speeding like they do today just steadily masses of them flying inland sitting alone in his garden Graham Matthews watches almost 200 enemy aircraft crossed the skies of 10th I was in this garden he fed I was sitting on the steps right behind me here when I heard the German bombers coming over and I could see this column of German planes they were flying into these big puffs of flak put up there and anti-aircraft guns once the enemy aircraft across the coastline radar was technically redundant so is the observer Corps simply by looking through a rangefinder binoculars identified the aircraft height direction and number feeding that information back to an observer Center and from that set the center simultaneously to the command sector and to Groo having got to allots it was then up to the controller to say what he wanted done with him when there was a battle on you would put your props and you could see the combat coming coming nearer and nearer precise information on the Raiders progress is relayed to RAF fighter squadrons when you hear the sirens or anti-aircraft guns you must get undercover at once you must not stand staring up at the sky the siren went and of course as a six-year-old I thought this is it war war so I zoomed out to the front door and stood there waiting to see all the soldiers with their guns and firing and shooting and salt fighting and all that nothing most people went to the underground or if they had a glance and the sort of shelter of tins placed it in the bottom of the garden my next-door neighbor and he'd dug a hole underneath his garage if I was at home I'd go down there and shelter above Canterbury patrolling Spitfires of 92 and 72 squadrons have spotted the enemy formations and dive into attack along with other children ray banks has been sent from London to the safety of rural Kent but he soon discovered that the frontline of the aerial battle now runs through the fields and villages of southern England we were watching all these air battles going on and all of a sudden from across the trees was this German bomber came across so low that you felt you needed to duck and behind it was one of our fighter aircrafts and they're both having a go each other and the engagement initially only lasted a couple of seconds and then you would then break away and then attack them individually again until either you were out of ammunition or for one reason another you weren't able to attack anything more British fighter squadrons join in action our boys were coming out to the sky and shooting him up and they were going up and there was these paper trails you had paper trails all over the sky it was just like a nice work pattern so here the roar of the engines and the stutter of the Gunners and screaming the screaming of the Ancients really you had seen the smoke start pouring out of one and their nose plummets to the ground drawing nearer to London the beleaguered German formations reached the village of Chislehurst my father had heard that chiselers caves was a place where people used to go who were bombed out so he said let's get into the vein and we go to the caves so hard the only light and at all they gave us the Huracan lamps to find our way in they gave us mattresses to lay on on the floor blankets and we were one of the early ones then because that was just at the start of it and it was very few people here there was no no sound of aircraft or bombs or guns but ron has no intention of missing the excitement taking place overhead he leaves the shelter of the caves I was more interested in watching what was going on and I saw this huge formation of Spitfires and hurricanes more than I'd seen before I should say roughly again about 50 or 60 of them making their way directly towards the formation of the Bombers 1207 am hard pressed and stripped of most of their fighter escort the German bomber formations arrived over London you could hear the throbbing of these aircraft that was it was pretty eerie I must say you could whom drove it was droning or you know sort of and you think oh my gosh we're going to be in for it twin brothers Jeffrey and Alan Lee Williams are already accomplished plane spotters we knew all the aircraft before we joined the ATC because for every book we bought was about aircraft recognition German bombers especially behind comes they made a very distinctive noise so you could tell the difference between the German playing and the British play 12:08 DN park has six fighter squadrons over the capital itself with six more enroute from neighboring groups more than a hundred and twenty-five RAF fighters are about to fall on the Luftwaffe formations once the fighters were up there there was no ND aircraft fire they you know D know otherwise our aircraft would be invulnerable clear blue sky above us the Bombers were about 15 to 20,000 feet up I think and the fighters were about them beneath them and the fighters are attacking each other the Hurricanes were attacking the Bombers to detect and the Spitfires were attacking the messersmith's there was this Jap that I attacked and I remember being very close to it and I remember also it splattering bits and pieces just rather like hitting water with the back of a spoon you know you see things fly off in all directions hi over London five squadrons from 12 group now into the frame there were that many Aria fighters in the sky technically they were getting in each other's way you've got yourself tangled up with these things with black swastikas and crosses on things occasionally you would find you would mixed up in a dogfight enough Spitfire wood waste passed me think ah there's somebody else here as well a friend but otherwise you didn't see them you lost contact with all your own aircraft after all one minute the sky was a tangled mass of whirling aircraft and you fastened onto Wellman went off in one direction and by the time you've finished with that you looked round there was nobody to be seen anywhere looking up I didn't tell which was which I mean to me they look like giant moths playing you're it but it couldn't tell which shows ours and which was theirs for the German Airmen as he crossed over believing that the Royal Air Force was defeated to be confronted by another fifty to sixty hurricanes and Spitfires you can imagine how their morale felt a lot of the Bombers once he'd got to London they quickly turned round and as they flew back they got rid of the bombs but I don't remember hearing a noise at all I think the bomb was so close that that we didn't yell the noise but we felt the blast and we were picked up and thrown into the water and of course the blast had reached the wind and blown it in before it blew us through a fraction of a fraction of a second between the two events thank God because if we'd actually gone through the glass I think it might well have killed us and then as I was about to deliver another attack on the same Barrett plans the crew began to bail out and I was immediately behind it and I remember seeing things I didn't really recognize to start with until they were flew past the top of my cockpit and I realized they were arms and legs the German aircraft was shot down just over our area and the pilot parachuted into the grounds of the old bedlam a lunatic asylum which is now the Imperial War Museum and he was immediately surrounded by as many people as you can name and all very very angry of course 1211 p.m. the German formations turned away from London and hand back towards the English Channel Harry it all the way by Spitfires and hurricanes two of the bomber pilots decided it was time to go home they didn't fancy they had never seen so many Spitfires and hurricanes together in one time so they took a turn they broke off from the right side of the formation which pulled the two of them towards me as they were coming over they thought they'd get a bit more speed so they started to just sand their bums one of the bombs came down quite near me but being young and energetic and quite fit I was able to run I felt the blast of the bomb but I ran romantic kick my feet I ran into the caves well when the German formation started its retreat from London RAF fighters were concentrating on trying to bring the aircraft down the German commander of that formation alloys Lynn Mayer kept his formation together as tightly as possible knowing that it was split up individual aircraft would be doomed and he beat a brilliant tactical retreat he managed to get most of his formation back across the channel 12:55 p.m. all clear sounds of a London and the South East when we came out that we saw that our house and business which was a futurist and greengrocers brilliant my father was completely ruined everything was smashed to smithereens had nothing left at all I had a friend at school and we decided that we'd meet up at the weekend and now I would cycle over to his house they were not got to the cottage there was just a heap of rubble there was no the house gone I licked up and opened my window and sure enough there in the gutter was a big plump chicken I shouted to my little tiny brother at the time we go to have chicken tonight they it turned out of it and what dead chicken was was it there was a very plump lady who was in the houses down the road and it it was that much of her her arm that had got blown and onto our roof that was suddenly a little boy a big growing up very quickly and thinking war is not much fun they asked me to carry mugs of tea to the firemen who are still fighting the flames the ambulance people who were still dealing with people who were trapped in some of the burnt buildings we stayed there and think to most of the day until the flowers had all come down but it was an experience that's impinge on the mind to such an extent it will never go away 1:00 p.m. in the operations room of 11 group the plotting map is cleared of enemy markers the Luftwaffe attack has been heavily disrupted they have lost 18 aircraft the RAF 13 but more hard fighting lies ahead the Luftwaffe is gathering its forces for a second far greater assault that will push fighter command a minute you 1:05 p.m. 15 of September 1940 German bombing raids have shattered the Peace of Sunday morning the people of London and southeast England begin dealing with the aftermath of the raid some discover more than just their brief and destruction we were in our shelter we crept out and in the first apple tree down the garden there was a parachute opened no sign of an airman just the parachute this little pickup truck came along I think it was a Hillman or in Austin and with 4 or 5 home guard in the back and I think they had one rifle and they asked us where they where the passages have come down and so we told them and off they went we were told to keep them covered and make them take off their parachute when they were captured those German pilots they were so arrogant they couldn't do anything with them because they thought they would be released in a few weeks the Brits were gonna give in I think if someone's dropping bombs on you you don't like those people very much you know and you used to be a saying going around the only good German was a dead German the other thing was which lightened it up for us kids was searching for shrapnel shrapnel became a sort of currency among small boys you could swap cigarette cards for shrapnel and the other way around no really good conquer would be worth piece of shrapnel and so getting out into the streets first was quite important what you who don't make a good souvenir there would be competition between other boys mostly boys girls as well I suppose but mostly boys yeah of how much you collected be collected buckets of the stuff we did find live in City bomb so I took it along to my friend's house who did it's a bit further away and he got it on the workbench and he's drilling a hole in it and of course there magnesium and the drill bit was getting hot and it was vivid blue almost flame coming off the bomb and I decided to get out of it as quickly as possible and I went and told his mom he was so upset about you know stuffing her stuff is fun as soon as the people had cleared the bomb site we were on it what we're mainly looking forward Pena's that I've got buried in somebody a little hoard of things well very nice really when you come to think of but there and of course it there was the sort of lightness for us as children a little bit of adventure that after all the horrors 1:40 p.m. reports are streaming in as the electronic eyes of the radar Network detect another buildup of enemy aircraft across the channel in the afternoon radar picked up an even larger formation forming up and crossing over the channel although it couldn't give an exact number he was estimated to be 400 plus aircraft our aircraft of course after morning rate and returned to ground to rearm and refuel and we'll back up in the sky to meet this threat the Luftwaffe forms three huge columns of aircraft this aerial Armada is determined to batter its way through all opposition we didn't really know what to expect it well we were full praying that we the Air Force we're gonna be strong enough to hold out you adopt a sort of fatalistic attitude to it you just carry on as best you can it was a phrase during the war was saying is that if a bomb has got your name on it that's the one to worry about but at my age you couldn't be killed anyway POJO it was it was a big adventure 1:45 p.m. a lone spitfire is ordered high over the English Channel to wait for the incoming air fleets and relay visual reports to ground controllers meanwhile Mary is under the impression that memorable Sunday is over she had a white wedding dress and she had some flair was just little tiny flowers and no hair you know anyway when she first got married they came out the church right got in their car and disappeared my father said come on let's go home then we'd never known anything like this before and the only consolation we had was that everyone was in the same boat 26,000 feet above the English coast the lone forward patrolling Spitfire spots the incoming German formations five minutes later more than 450 enemy aircraft begin to cross the English coast as each of his squadrons returns to combat readiness air vice-marshal Keith Park orders them airborne once more and again he requests help from neighboring groups to a fight Peter 275 fighters a scramble to face more than 100 bombers escorted by over 350 enemy fighters throughout southeast England the air raid sirens screamed their warning red observer we got hostiles steady cross they Herald the approach of the enemy athlete and a battle fast moving towards its climax 2:14 p.m. the first clashes take place high above Romney Marsh as 3 Spitfire squadrons throw themselves into a steep dive to attack the enemy formations I saw all these hundreds of Germans coming in and we went in as a squadron to attack the Bombers so I went in at this height they're in close formation and the gunner never fired back at me and I always thought that somebody'd been at him fed but anyway I got an engine blazing so the Spitfires had come down to see to them and the 109 's would come down to attack the Spitfires so by the time we got off the end of a squirting at a whole line of bombers all hell was let loose speed and surprise drives them through the escorting fighters and onto the Bombers and a quick poke at Obama then been bounced by the one online escort yourself so you would have to concentrate on saving yourself from the world of minds German fighters are hampered by orders to stick close to the bomber formations and struggle to beat off the initial attacks I was cycling along when I saw this aircraft coming toward me very very low rooftop height I jumped off my part to go and quickly ran into the station and they realized the station wasn't a safe place to be because that could obviously be a target the German formations battle through to the outskirts of London we went into the Anderson shelter and then people start to say look at this and of course we were all powered out to see what this was and it was just unbelievable to see so many aircon never seen so many aircraft 2:30 p.m. the first of London's anti-aircraft batteries opened fire with little more than 200 heavy guns available London is desperately short of anti-aircraft artillery but the barrage unsettles the approaching bombers and acts as a beacon for British fighters the first thing we see is the cloud of anti-aircraft fire we seldom saw aircraft in yeah because you could pass 500 aeroplanes flying in the opposite direction two miles away and not see a thing all we used to see with the anti-aircraft shells bursting and we would fly towards them and then in the middle of those of course would be the Bombers in fact we used to say that the only useful thing that the anti-aircraft did was to provide the puffs in the air which enabled us to see enormous bathtub Camie all his clothes and little holes in it and it was shrapnel from the big guns from the part you know and they had gone through him bone don't holes all over he soon stretching out over town and countryside 60 miles back to the English coastline the sky is dotted with twisting turning aircrafts and streaks of vapour and smoke but he can remember is be and coming down in smoke and screaming and that sort of thing but sparring down with a column of smoke and hitting that hidden when they hit the ground 2:30 3:00 p.m. the command system is becoming overloaded with reports of squadrons engaging in dogfights underway the situation boards and the plotters activity tell a story of total commitment one would had the impression that during a battle the operations room would be calm controlled and orderly according to one of the ladies that worked here when aircrafts are up it was chaotic and extremely noisy Churchill observes the crowded plotting table sensing that the action is approaching a climax he looks for signs of squadrons being held in reserve yaws park how many reserves do we have left the answer was none everything was committed for the afternoon raid park later described as a man who could have lost the war in an afternoon has sent every available squadron into action the decisive hour has arrived [Applause] Co 45 p.m. 15th of September 1940 the battle rages over southeast England every available RAF fighter squadron is airborne and committed British pilots are pushing themselves to the very limit but inevitably bombs begin to fall on the capital by the time they arrived over that the city London was covered in cloud they could not see their target so they just threw their bombs out indiscriminately all of a sudden there was this tremendous thump and the house shook and a bomb dropped quite close and then another one much closer now I remember thinking to myself I hope there's not a third but there was all the lights went out pitch dark all the dirt and dust came up from the floor I was choking unfortunately we were alive right next door to us it's a pickle factory and there was pickles fly everywhere – Dana Oh every when I'm the bikes you know there was people slide everywhere bombs dropped and they dropped with a hell of a bang and windows got blown in and roofs got blown off and various strange things happened to houses who would get them sliced right through and that'd be a gap and you'd see all the wallpaper of all the rooms on that house that was still astounding but these were the ghosts of the house that had gone I remember coming out of the church and realizing we was being bombed all my dad said under cover under cover there were so many bombs falling then and they were falling down believe me because the bombs was falling down we was running here there and everywhere trying to get out the way we went into the shelter except my brother want you to go home with his wife and the baby the bomb came down at the front of the shelter and pushed him down on top of his wife and the baby so they were saved but he was gone and that was the last time I seen during the war people got killed but you never looked at it from that point of view I suppose the fighter pilots for the same really they just glad to they shot someone down it was either them or us bombs have been scattered over a wide area of southeast London now the Raiders turn for home their escort fighters have already left with barely enough fuel for the return flight then they were sitting ducks and that's why there were so many German bombers shot down 3:15 p.m. as the retreating bombers reached the channel they are met by fresh German fighters hastily dispatched from bases in France fresh British fighters racing towards the battle from bases in Exeter engaged but British fighters are forced to abandon the chase they are low on fuel and ammunition and forbidden to see the enemy out across the sea with ominous clouds piling in the skies the threat of further aerial action recedes much to the relief of all the fort and lived through this day 5:25 p.m. one last look wife Adelaide rate is plotted in spite of a grueling days fighting several RAF squadrons again take to the air the enemy Raiders are a fast hit-and-run force of fighter bombers targeting the Spitfire works at Southampton but they are driven off without luster I decide poor fighter command it is their last major action of the day [Applause] today was the most costly for the German air force for nearly a month in daylight raids between 350 and 400 enemy aircrafts were launched in two attacks against London and southeast England about half of them were shot down in the heat of battle RAF pilots believe they're shot down many more aircraft than they have actual German losses are more down-to-earth the Luftwaffe has lost 79 aircraft and more than 130 aircrew compared to RAF losses of 29 aircraft with 12 pilots killed nonetheless it represents a stunning victory it was a defining point in the war two days later Hitler postponed operation sea lion he realized that the law father had not defeated the Royal Air Force therefore the invasion could not go ahead and you felt so proud of his wonderful young man who was defending us yes I mean you when they were in that sense heroes to us these are people giving their lives and protecting us and I couldn't bet you learned how to fly an Arab Raider I'd have been up there I wouldn't of course my mother wouldn't let me the 15th of September 1940 was the finest hour in air because we came so near to to defeat it was a time when Hitler thought he would be able to bring us to our knees and he failed it was just you know a remarkable outcome and here we are to tell the story in when we are at an AirAsia shelter when an RAF pilot came in and people stood up yes Arius and up told you yes yeah he was a young chap feeling better no battles here but he had his you know wings he was waiting I think to to do great things but he looked so young but everyone stood up that shelter and the rather like a better performance they brought it him the fighter squadrons a highly organized defense system and the national spirit of resilience have told the Nazi regime and abrupt lesson it is their first military defeat there will be bombing raids on British cities under the cover of night there will be four more years of hard fighting but Britain itself has been saved the British people have maintained their freedom and secured their Island home from invasion you