DVD Review – Spitfire, Combat Operations 1939-1945

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Pen & Sword are a prolific publisher of fine military history books and are now rapidly expanding their range of electronic publications in the form of ebooks and DVDs. Their DVD range includes video produced mainly or entirely from wartime film and propaganda film from a number of production sources. These sources are arranged into groups and this DVD is from the World War II Primary Sources, meaning that it has not been updated or edited by a modern production company. As a result, some footage looks its age when included in a modern digital video compilation. The viewer is unlikely to be put off in any way because, where a small amount of footage shows signs of its age, the methods of processing, and the storage for more than seven decades, it adds to the atmosphere and authenticity of the DVD.

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NAME: Spitfire, Combat Operations 1939-1945
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: K0163
DATE: 020714
PRESENTER(S): Official Wartimne Documentaries
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 100 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
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PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: World War Two, WWII, Second World War, war in the air, aerial combat, technology, RAF, Spitfire, Supermarine
ISBN:0-24762-064-5
IMAGE: KB0163
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DESCRIPTION: Pen & Sword are a prolific publisher of fine military history books and are now rapidly expanding their range of electronic publications in the form of ebooks and DVDs. Their DVD range includes video produced mainly or entirely from wartime film and propaganda film from a number of production sources. These sources are arranged into groups and this DVD is from the World War II Primary Sources, meaning that it has not been updated or edited by a modern production company. As a result, some footage looks its age when included in a modern digital video compilation. The viewer is unlikely to be put off in any way because, where a small amount of footage shows signs of its age, the methods of processing, and the storage for more than seven decades, it adds to the atmosphere and authenticity of the DVD.

This is genuinely the ultimate primary source guide to the aircraft that helped save Britain in 1940 and flew on through the war and into the times that followed victory. The three public information and training films provide a fascinating look at a great battle-winning weapon with spotting information that helps to understand the succession of Spitfire Marks that enabled it to meet newer generations of German aircraft and expand its envelop of operation.

Where the Hawker Hurricane was a low risk development of biplane technology and construction into a very stable monoplane gun platform that could absorb a great deal of damage, the Spitfire was a thoroughbred that demanded great care in manufacture and operation but rewarded the pilot with a supremely fast and nimble fighter. To the end of its service in the 1950s, the Spitfire continued to demonstrate some of its original design flaws that were both part of a great advantage as a fighter, but also limiting factors. The undercarriage with its narrow track continued to be a problem right up to the final Marks. The short range was never entirely addressed, and repair continued to present as much a problem as it had during production. Visibility during taxi, and ability to withstand the shock of carrier landings continued to challenge pilots. If Britain had only had the Spitfire in 1940 it would have lost the Battle of Britain and the same could be said if the only fighter available had been the Hurricane. Together these aircraft complimented each other and made victory possible.

This is one of those videos that must be watched.

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