Our Finest Hour

Relive the sounds from a nation at war

Our Finest Hour

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A special edition CD & DVD presentation, commemorating the anniversary of The Battle of Britain.

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Price: £ 9.99

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'

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.

Plus, bonus DVD: 'The Story of the Spitfire'. A 60-minute colour documentary featuring recollections from members of 'The Few'.

Price: £ 9.99

1. Their Finest Hour (June 18, 1940) - The Rt. Hon Winston Churchill 00:47

2. Spitfire Prelude And Fugue (extract) - Halle Orchestra Conducted By Sir William Walton 00:46

3. Two Spitfires Flypast 00:17

4. RAF March Past - Central Band Of The RAF Conducted By Wing Commander A E Sims 02:34

5. Reading: An Airman's Letter To His Mother - Sir John Gielgud 01:39

6. He Wants To Be A Pilot - Dorothy Wick With Oscar Rabin And His Band 03:05

7. The Few (August 20, 1940) - The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill 03:10

8. The Grand Old Man - Max Miller 01:24

9. I Fell In Love With An Airman - Tessie O'Shea 03:04

10. Live Radio Broadcast: Air Battle Over The English Channel (July 14, 1940) Part I - Charles Gardner 03:32

11. Live Radio Broadcast: Air Battle Over The English Channel (July 14, 1940) Part II - Charles Gardner 03:51

12. Carry On - Ambrose And His Orchestra, With Vocal Chorus By Jack Cooper 03:16

13. Speech To The People Of The Commonwealth - HM The Queen 01:28

14. (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover - Vera Lynn With Mantovani And His Orchestra 03:16

15. The Spitfire Song - Joe Loss And His Orchestra, With Vocal Chorus By Sam Browne 02:50

16. Hawker Hurricane And Supermarine Spitfire In Flight - Announced By Group Capt. Douglas Bader 00:42

17. Supermarine Spitfire "Beating The Aerodrome Up" - Announced By Group Capt. Douglas Bader 00:49

18. It's A Pair Of Wings For Me - Nat Gonella And His New Georgians 03:06

19. A Pair Of Silver Wings - Anne Shelton With Ambrose And His Orchestra 03:06

20. We Shall Fight On The Beaches (June 4, 1940) - The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill 01:01

21. There'll Always Be An England - Jack Payne And His Orchestra, With Robert Ashley Vocals 03:02

22. Radio Announcement: This Is London Calling - Arthur Burrows 00:10

23. Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer - Anne Shelton With Ambrose And His Orchestra 02:45

24. I Didn’t Really Never Oughter ‘Ave Went - Doris Hare 02:52

25. The Deepest Shelter In Town - Florence Desmond 02:40

26. Wartime Radio Broadcast: The Bombing Of London - Quentin Reynolds 03:29

27. It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow - Al Bowlly 02:19

28. When They Sound The Last All-Clear - Vera Lynn With Mantovani And His Orchestra 03:19

29. All-Clear Air Raid Siren 00:33