Our Finest Hour
A special edition CD & DVD presentation, commemorating the anniversary of The Battle of Britain. Relive the sounds of a nation at war 75 years on from an epic moment in our history.
Includes 50 minute DVD documentary: 'The Story Of The Spitfire'
DVD: Region 0, NTSC encoded - will play anywhere in the world
In the summer of 1940, Britain stood alone against the Nazi menace, threatened by invasion yet galvanised anew by the bulldog spirit of Winston Churchill. The events of those few months - the miraculous evacuation of our army from the beaches of Dunkirk, the courage of ‘the few’ as the RAF took on the Luftwaffe in the skies above southern England, the beginning of Hitler’s aerial blitz on our cities - not only saved our islands but changed the whole course of the Second World War.
Now, 75 years later, we recall those epic times through the newsreels, broadcasts and music of 1940 and beyond - from the sounds of Spitfires and sirens to Churchill himself in full rhetorical flow, from Vera Lynn assuring us that We’ll Meet Again to the chin-up comedy songs of Tommy Handley, Florence Desmond, Max Miller and more. Hear reports of the raging fires around St Paul’s as the bombers struck, listen spellbound to a live commentary of a dogfight over the Channel, and be moved by Princess Elizabeth’s message to the children of the empire - all in a unique audio presentation that offers an amazing window on life in Britain during one of history’s great turning points. Cherry picking from the finest archive material available, 'Our Finest Hour' will fascinate and inspire in equal measure.
All tracks sensitively restored and digitally remastered.
|1||RAF March Past||Central Band of the RAF conducted by Wing Commander A E Sims|
|2||Two Spitfires Flypast|
|3||Reach For The Sky - March||Sidney Torch & his Orchestra|
|4||Spitfire' Prelude And Fugue||Halle Orchestra conducted by Sir William Walton|
|5||A Pair Of Silver Wings||Anne Shelton with Ambrose & his Orchestra|
|6||I Fell in Love With An Airman||Tessie O'Shea|
|7||Silver Wings In The Moonlight||Elizabeth Batey with Joe Loss & his Orchestra|
|8||Hawker Hurricane Engine Starting||announced by Group Capt. Douglas Bader|
|9||Supermarine Spitfire, Engine Starting and Tick-over||announced by Group Capt. Douglas Bader|
|10||The Spitfire Song||Sam Browne with Joe Loss & his Orchestra|
|11||Tom Marches On - ITMA introductory Music||BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell|
|12||This Was Their Finest Hour'||Winston Churchill|
|13||Never In The Field Of Human Conflict…||Winston Churchill|
|14||We Shall Fight On The Beaches…||Winston Churchill|
|15||An Airman's Letter To His Mother||Sir John Gielgud|
|16||This Is London Calling'||Arthur Burrows|
|17||What To Do In An Air-Raid||Bob Danvers-Walker|
|18||London Carries On||Bob Danvers-Walker|
|19||Speech To The Children Of The Commonwealth||Princess Elizabeth|
|20||Battle Of Britain Rembrance Day||Bob Danvers-Walker|
|21||Nazi Bombers Beaten Off||Bob Danvers-Walker|
|22||Your Home As An Air Raid Shelter||Bob Danvers-Walker|
|23||Knights Of The Air||Bob Danvers-Walker|
|24||Air Drama Off The Coast||Bob Danvers-Walker|
|25||Home Guard Shoot Down A Bomber||Bob Danvers-Walker|
|26||If I Only Had Wings||Diane Rabin & Ken Beaumont with Oscar Rabin and his Band|
|27||He Wants To Be A Pilot||Dorothy Wick with Oscar Rabin and his Band|
|28||It's A Pair Of Wings For Me||Harold Hood with Nat Gonella & his New Georgians|
|29||There'll Always Be An England||Robert Ashley with Jack Payne & his Orchestra|
|30||Hints On Blow-Outs For The Black-Outs||Tommy Handley|
|31||All-Clear Air Raid Siren|