13 Hours that Saved Britain

13 Hours that Saved Britain

2010, Military and War  -   10 Comments
Ratings: 6.89/10 from 47 users.

The odds seemed insurmountable. In the heat of the Second World War, Germany was operating at the peak of its powers and seizing control of huge portions of the European landscape. But on September 15, 1940, the German army came face to face with a foe they had clearly underestimated. It was a bloody battle fought entirely in the skies over Britain, and it led to Hitler's first major defeat. "13 Hours that Saved Britain" recounts this battle with great insight and poignancy.

The film features a collage of stunning archived footage and cinematic recreations, as well as interviews with dozens of eyewitness and pilots who fought on the frontline. The story they weave is one of exceptional bravery and determination in the face of assured annihilation.

France had just fallen to the German army, and there was every reason to believe that Britain would be conquered with similar ease. Over 400 enemy fighters cascaded upon the countryside that day, but they were met with a force of resistance they could not have anticipated. The film captures each passing hour of the battle from a variety of fascinating perspectives. Fighter pilots recall the twirling masses of metal that filled the airspace, the intensity of combat, and the strategic maneuvers that ensured victory.

Perhaps the most revealing testimonies come from the witnesses - most of whom were young children during the war - who stood below and watched the events unfold with awe-stricken wonder. They might have observed the war through the detached lens of adolescence, but their memories are filtered through an adult understanding of horror and sacrifice.

Throughout the film, viewers are given a tactile sense of that day - from the foreboding roar of the air sirens to the thrill of playing a role in the country's finest hour. Though the war would continue for four more years, Britain's valor struck a mighty blow to the confidence of the Hitler regime.

"13 Hours that Saved Britain" is a moving tribute to the formidable might and ingenuity of the British Royal Air Force and its neighboring allies, as well as the will of the entire civilian population who bore witness to history.

Directed by: Stephen Saunders

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. John

    Now that the wokesters have discovered TDF, they will try to sabotage history as they try to topple statues. No, wokesters, the Allied forces fought and saved the world. Get out of your mom’s basement, get a job, go on a date, and get a life.

    1. Damien Lee

      John, your rude way of advancing your views -- full of name calling and unwarranted assumptions about those with whom you disagree -- harms the discourse that is vital to the study of history. If you disagree with someone, the productive way is to use facts to advance your argument. Attacking others with the manners of the playground does not advance knowledge. And the study of of history deserves better. Studying history should start at the beginning, and for WWII, you can do no better than "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L. Shirer. I urged you to consider reading it. Respectfully, DL

    2. David Dieni

      No they did not, and you infantile jerk that has to resort to inventing terms like wok-esters and Cultural Marxists, to make a case for one fantasy supported by another, as they have no nexus in reality. All war is a fight over the planets resources by the elites.....resources that actually belong to us, but white westerners ( and I am one of them) are so bewildering stupid we no longer realize it. We fight and die and they get the spoils....could we possibly be more stupid....I forget about the piece of tin they pin on your chest as a reward for murdering brothers with whom you have no quarrel. And they need to give you is a shinny piece of tin...and they are guaranteed you will be their stooge for life. which maybe not be all that long.

      “The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, and said "this is mine," and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, “Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.” I hope stupid white people come to understand this within the next millennium

      Jean Jacques Rousseau, The origins of inequality 1754

  2. David Dieni

    The Battle of Britian gets my goat...as a despotic empire fought off a challenge by the Nazi's for a piece of their colonial resources. Freedom my arse.

    In the 1950's the British tortured and murdered 1.5 million Kenyan tribesman in purpose built concentration camps for opposing the occupation of their lands, whikle Churchill stole grain from Bengali peasants to give to the army, and 3 million starved to death as a result.

    Spitfires are so pretty, so we say nothing

  3. Collin

    48 minutes of words I don't quite understand. Sure, the British Air Defense fought back, but why did you have to show so much eyewitness accounts. No offense. I could just be more into WW1 and Naval Craft.

  4. John

    I LOVE watching your documentaries. However, I would like to download some for later
    viewing. I can do that, but there is no audio every time I try. Am I doing something wrong?
    Please help.
    Thank you

  5. John

    It didn't save Britain at all. General Patton said it best: "We defeated the wrong enemy". The change is slow but steady - there won't be a Britain as we know it in 30 years from now.

    1. Glen Gettie

      Patton the man who put glory before his mens lives and nearly lost his position for assaulting an infantry man suffering from ptsd. I wouldn't listen to that idiot.

  6. Martin Hedington

    Absolutely fantastic, truly moving. Dampened my eyes a few times.

  7. Victoria Preece

    A documentary brilliantly and sensitively produced. My father never spoke about his time flying spitfires - I wondered why? Now I know.
    Thank you.