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Battle of Britain

Real Engineering

In the summer of 1940, Britain stood alone on the edge of Europe. With Britain’s shores secure, the Germans were left with one option. The Battle of Britain was the world’s first war to take place entirely in the skies.

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About the Series

Battle of Britain is a documentary series produced by the Real Engineering team, using historical footage and state-of-the-art motion graphics to bring the complex story of Britain’s last stand against Germany to life.


Episode 1

The State of the War

In this debut episode, we discuss the state of the war before the battle for air superiority over Europe began.
Episode 2

Chain Home

Radar: the first link in Britain's armor. Chain Home was not just a radar system, but also an integrated data processing network that allowed Britain to make the most of its limited resources.
Episode 3

The Dowding System

The Dowding System does not have the iconic status of the Spitfire, but like the Spitfire, took a pivotal role in the success of the Battle of Britain. This is how it worked.
Episode 4

Anti-Aircraft Technology

Anti-aircraft guns are a hotly debated technology of WW2. How effective were they, and how did they influence the outcome of the Battle of Britain?
Episode 5

A War of Attrition

The Battle of Britain was a battle of attrition. No territory was traded during the 3 month campaign. The winner was determined by who could maintain two vital supply chains.
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Real Engineering was created by Brian McManus as way of teaching the history and science behind the everyday engineering that surrounds our daily lives. In short: interesting answers to simple questions.

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