Intelligence Failures of the Battle of Britain

Season 3

The Battle of Britain was the first major battle fought primarily in the air. The Royal Air Force was outnumbered and out gunned but had the advantage of a well planned defence. The Dowding System allowed the scarce number of fighters – mainly Spitfires and Hurricanes – to be in the right place to engage the Luftwaffe. The basis of the air defence was good intelligence.

Paul Beaver reveals the errors made by the Germans – their intelligence failures – which made British victory assured.

Originally broadcast at 7pm on Monday 19 October, followed by a live Q&A

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