View Full Version : Listen to a real play by play of a dogfight over the channel! OMG

02-27-2011, 09:52 AM
Guys, you HAVE to listen to this! My gosh...the chills I got as I listened to the reporter give a play by play of an live dogfight over the channel. You can hear AA going up around and also the machine gun fire of the aircraft. Listen to the reporter "squeal" like a little girl when he witnesses the spitfires on the tail of the ME109. You can also hear the engines roar in the background.

The link is:

02-27-2011, 10:39 AM
Link doesnt work for me mate.

I think its the dots in the link which are incorrect.

02-27-2011, 12:34 PM
I think this is the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/b...fbritain/11431.shtml (http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/battleofbritain/11431.shtml)

02-27-2011, 12:45 PM
Thank you. That was an outstanding bit of commentary.



02-28-2011, 01:10 AM
Gripping. Very interesting listening. Great find.

02-28-2011, 05:13 AM
Anti-Aircraft fire sounded like it was very effective.

03-01-2011, 04:26 PM
Oddly, I couldn't get this to play in Firefox. Once I tried it in IE I was able to hear it.

03-01-2011, 04:35 PM
Amazing to hear this voice reporting events live, frozen in time.

It's interesting how he assumes that any aircraft in trouble has to be German, while in fact the parachute he sees floating down belonged to an RAF pilot...

03-01-2011, 10:38 PM
Back in the day, there was considerable argument over the flippant way the reporting was conducted. Many in the Air Ministry and government thought that the mortal struggle being commentated as if it were a cricket match to be in extremely poor taste. Stephen Bungay wrote at length about the report and how further examples of war as sports journalism were stamped out.

03-04-2011, 01:13 PM
Yes... 'Football!', thats what I thought instantly.

Interesting anyway!

03-04-2011, 01:30 PM
Definitely pretty interesting and definitely not how war is reported today, it's interesting to see that there was a movement against such a flippant tone. I guess that it was possible to be "flippant" when the battles were only in the air and in the front yard of the UK rather than off on some foreign shore. I wonder if they kept up that kind of tone when the Blitz started and civilians were hit.