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Battle of Britain

Discussion in 'off topic' started by madmike, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    The opening scene music is fabulous too. Cracking film that.

    I studied for a project a while back about the history of the Polish 303 squadron and jeez I enjoyed doing it.

    As an aside, is the film opening music when they drive through the airfield actually called the Luftwaffe March or was it written for the film?
  2. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    One of the worst of the old warfilms for dudding it when it came to accuracy of equipment, in fact accuracy of anything at all, was 'The Battle of The Bulge', pretty much contemporaneous with BoB. Who could forget all those US M47 Pattons very unsuccessfully masquerading as King Tigers?
  3. clifftaylor

    clifftaylor Probably retired!

    Yebbut Battle of the Bulge is popular entertainment, not a documentary.
  4. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    Perhaps there was a problem sourcing King Tigers?
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  5. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing Remainiac Traitor

    Yes, yes and it is now used as a military march.


    I'd like to watch it with Walton's original score intact, so that might be a good reason to get the Blue Ray with that option.
  6. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    To say nothing of ensuring the correct Porsche or Henschel turret versions.
  7. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    Yep, they're king rare.
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  8. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    So, it's au revoir then, Swamp Thing...
  9. rbrown

    rbrown I think therefore I think I am

    No spoilers please, I haven’t seen it yet.
  10. Darmok

    Darmok "A Priori Teleology."

    ^ +1
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  11. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing Remainiac Traitor

  12. Rack Kit

    Rack Kit pfm Member

    A minor detail. Doesn't detract from the film in any way at all. Unless you're a bit weird. ;)
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  13. kendo

    kendo Prussian bot

    And as for the Graf Spee in "The Battle Of The River Plate"...


    ...das ersatz Graf Spee
  14. avole

    avole The wise never post on Internet forums

    Interestng that the film, so my great aunts, uncles and cousins said was ruined for them by this. They live in HampshireI didn’t know, havin, and learned to pick the different engine notes between Merlin and Mercedes motors. Which reminds. me of a strange experience had when out with the horses once. We weren’t far from Lyndhurst when there was the sound of a couple of piston-engined aircraft overhead. I didn’t look up, but said to my then girlfriend « That’s a Spitfire » GF asked how I knew.

    I was puzzled. I’d missed the end of thr war by a decade plus. Talked about it years later to my 89 y.o aunt whe said that you could always tell a Spitfire by the engine note.
  15. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    Back in the 80s I could tell, by engine sound, Tornado, Phantom, Lightning, Jaguar, JP, Hawk, Sputfire, Chevette HS on twin 48s, Metro 6R4, Escort BDA, Quattro, Delta S4, 205 T16, Mini... And I could go on!
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  16. avole

    avole The wise never post on Internet forums

    My mate in Oz does that. I fluctuate between pity and envy.
  17. ducatiman

    ducatiman pfm Member

    Only one king tiger remaining in full running condition in Europe
  18. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    That`s the USS Salem - apparently the film makers excused the difference by saying the Germans would have tried to disguise the appearance of the Graf Spee, in this case making it look like an American Heavy Cruiser.....
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  19. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    Indeed, at Saumur, though there will soon be two or three more. Panthers too. KG Peiper employed both types, and not nearly as many KTs as depicted in the film by M47s. Peiper was against using the KTs, as their size and prodigious fuel consumption were ill-suited to his mission.

    I've walked behind a running Jagdpanther. That Maybach certainly stirs the blood, very impressive
  20. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    And the 88 mm gun is still widely used today in various guises, and it wasn't new then.

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