Luftwaffe Bombers in the Battle of Britain: Andy Saunders
Der Kampf um England hat begonnen! Im Sommer 1940 trafen die Luftstreitkräfte von Grossbritannien und Deutschland über dem Ärmelkanal aufeinander. Der Kampf um Frankreich war vorüber und der Kampf um England hatte begonnen. Gerade hatte die Luftwaffe mit gross angelegten Bombenangriffen begonnen um die RAF am Boden zu zerschlagen, als auch schon das Fighter Command seine Hurricanes und Spitfires zur Verteidigung schickte. Jetzt können Piloten beider Seiten wieder zum Luftkampf über dem Kanal aufsteigen - in diesem fantastischen Add-On für CFS3, das offiziell von der britischen RAF lizensiert wurde - Hals- und Beinbruch! Enthält 40 authentische Einsätze (20 RAF und 20 Luftwaffe), die die Ereignisse bestimmter Tage während der Luftschlacht detailliert darstellen, bis hin zu den Wetterbedingungen. Enthält verbesserte Szenarien und eine Menge an Spezialeffekten wie Suchscheinwerfer, Fliegeralarmsirenen, die aufheulen, wenn Sie sich einem Ziel nähern, Bombenfeuer, Raucheffekte, realistische Leuchtspuren, AI-Flugzeuge und vieles mehr! FEATURES: - Phänomenal detaillierte Flugzeuge mit interaktiven Cockpits und Animationen auf dem letzten Stand der Entwicklung - Messerschmitt Me 109E4 (vier Lackierungen) - Junkers Ju 87B Stuka (zwei Lackierungen) - Heinkel He 111 (zwei Lackierungen) - Hawker Hurricane Mk I (Zweiblattprop in zwei Lackierungen) - Hawker Hurricane Mk I (Dreiblattprop in zwei Lackierungen) - Supermarine Spitfire Mk I A (fünf Lackierungen).
As Hitler proceeded with his invasion plans, code-named Operation Sealion, he knew that the RAF must not be allowed to threaten the invading forces as they crossed the Channel. It was clear that they would have to be brought to battle and defeated. Still hopeful of a settlement, Hitler believed that a sustained aerial attack, coupled with a U-Boat blockade, might bring Britain to the negotiating table. The Luftwaffe´s specific aim was to win superiority by luring Fighter Command into the air and wiping it out. But Fighter Command, with its pilots, aircraft, and carefully considered systems of control, was waiting. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon MacCorkindale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000165/bk_rhuk_000165_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The battle of Britain pitted the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the Royal Air Force against the Messerschmitts of Hitler´s Luftwaffe in the skies over England in 1940. It was immortalized in Churchill´s words, ´´Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,´´ but it has since been debunked by revisionists as an inconclusive and even strategically flawed encounter for the British. In this assessment of the battle, Richard Overy restores the historical balance. He delivers shrewd judgments on the critical elements for both sides, from strategy to leadership, command organization, communications, and training to the technology of fighters, bombers, and radar. Overy shows that even if the popular myth overshoots the mark, the significance of the battle remains undiminished in the light of realistic judgments. A necessary battle, it marked the end of Germany´s string of victories, forestalled a German invasion, and kept Britain in the war.
From July to September 1940, the British people watched the Battle of Britain play out in the skies above them, aware that the eventual outcome would decide their fate. From September through to the following May, Hitler attempted to ´´blitz´´ London and other major cities into submission. For a year, the citizens of Britain were effectively front-line soldiers in a battle that united the country against a hated enemy. Despite the terror, destruction, and heavy casualties, the British people survived the onslaught, until May 1941, when Hitler re-directed his attention, and that of the Luftwaffe, to the campaign in Russia. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon MacCorkindale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000166/bk_rhuk_000166_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
France had fallen. All Britain waited for the inevitable German invasion. But first the Luftwaffe must destroy the Royal Air Force. It was the greatest air battle of all time against seemingly overwhelming odds. This programme follows the events of the epic weeks of the summer of 1940 and pays tribute to Winston Churchill´s ´´Few´´ who saved Britain from the Nazi hordes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Murray, Michael Burrell, John Graham, Gary Hope, Michael Kilgarriff, Sandra Frieze, Mandy More. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/berg/000049/pf_berg_000049_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
First-hand accounts featuring the RAF pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain - one of the chief turning points of World War II. ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’ - Winston Churchill. The ‘Few’ were the nearly 3,000 RAF pilots who fought against the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, which raged in the skies over southern England and the English Channel in the summer of 1940. With a new prime minister, Winston Churchill, Britain fought alone in Europe - and under the threat of invasion from Hitler’s Germany. Douglas Bader, Flight Lt Richard Hillary, ‘Ginger’ Lacey, and Flight Lt. Brian Kingcombe describe the strains they had to face as pilots: ‘I didn’t have butterflies in my stomach - I had vultures’ and the ‘long, boring hours interspersed with moments of tremendous exhilaration’. Their determination, bravery, and skill are evident as, outnumbered, they fought doggedly in their superior Hurricanes and Spitfires. With news bulletins, reportage, personal accounts from the ground crews, and excerpts from Churchill’s famous speeches, this recording undeniably shows why, for the victorious RAF pilots, ‘This was their finest hour’. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/003761/bk_bbcw_003761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The biography of the aeroplane that won the Battle of Britain. In the summer of 1940 the fate of Europe hung in the balance. Victory in the forthcoming air battle would mean national survival; defeat would establish German tyranny. The Luftwaffe greatly outnumbered the RAF, but during the Battle of Britain it was the RAF that emerged triumphant, thanks to two key fighter planes, the Spitfire and the Hurricane. The Hurricane made up over half of Fighter Command´s front-line strength, and its revolutionary design transformed the RAF´s capabilities. Leo McKinstry tells the story of the remarkable plane from its designers to the first-hand testimonies of those brave pilots who flew it; he takes in the full military and political background but always keeps the human stories to the fore - to restore the Hawker Hurricane to its rightful place in history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Noble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001917/bk_hodd_001917_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world except in the abodes of the guilty goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unweakened by their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill, August 21, 1940. At the end of August 2012, BBC ran a report about the commemoration of a young man who had been killed more than 70 years earlier. ´´A Battle of Britain pilot who was killed when his Spitfire crashed following a dogfight in the skies above Kent has been honored. Flying Officer Oswald St John ‘Ossie’ Pigg lost his life in the crash at Elvey Farm on 1 September 1940. The 22-year-old had been involved in an aerial fight with a Messerschmitt. A plaque was unveiled near the site by his niece Stephanie Haigh and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight carried out a flypast on Thursday.” Just 12 days before Pigg’s death, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had already immortalized the men of the Royal Air Force with one of the West’s most famous war-time quotes. But the sentiment and gratitude Churchill expressed back in 1940 is very much alive today. The sacrifice made by ´´The Few”, the British and Allied fighter pilots who won the Battle of Britain in 1940, remains close to the hearts of the British public, and the piece by the BBC is typical of the national sentiment manifested in air shows, museums, TV programs, and books. Even as the last of ´´The Few” pass on, it seems unlikely that the legend they helped to create will be forgotten anytime soon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/113343/bk_acx0_113343_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.