An interesting new Battle of Britain documentary called “The Spies Who Lost the Battle of Britain” has recently been release by Boffins TV. This DVD tells the story of the British radar and how the Germans tried, and failed, to discover its secrets.
The contribution radar made to the victory of 1940 was enormous. But exactly why German intelligence failed to recognize its radar’s importance and destroy it before the Battle of Britain has been an enduring mystery.
Chain Home was the simple yet elegant radar network designed by Robert Watson Watt. Air Chief Marshal Dowding was quick to recognize its potential and made it the cornerstone of Britain’s air defence plan.
But the rapid construction of the highly visible 360ft towers around the British coastline had not escaped the attention of the Germans. On 3rd August 1939, the huge airship Graf Zeppelin crossed the North Sea on a daring spy mission. Onboard the Luftwaffe’s top wireless experts scoured the airwaves looking for any evidence of British radar.
The moment the Graf appeared on British radar screens Fighter Command feared their greatest secret was lost. When war was declared just a few weeks later the radar stations braced themselves for a knockout blow – but it never came.
With reconstructions, exclusive interviews and expert analysis the “The Spies Who Lost the Battle of Britain” attempts to reveal the full story of what could be the biggest German intelligence blunder of the early war years. It’s an incredible tale of bluff, deception and sweet irony that was to change the course of history.
This DVD is available online from the producer’s website www.boffinstv.co.uk , or via Amazon or eBay.
A trailer of the film can be viewed below.