The BATTLE of BRITAIN

The Making of a Film

Signed by Group Captain Peter Townsend

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    Slip signed by Peter Townsend tipped in to the title page
    ‘All my very best, Peter Townsend’

    Weidenfeld & Nicolson First edition 1969.  207 pages and very well illustrated with over 100 photographs, mainly from the film set and 16 colour stills from the film.

    Very Good condition hardback book and a bright dustjacket which has a few neat repairs but looks good in its protective wrapper.  A tidy copy of this very scarce book.

    This is the original story of the making of the famous movie combined with the dramatic events of 1940. 

    Group Captain Peter Townsend was one of the distinguished Battle of Britain pilots employed as consultants on the film and at the same time he was finishing his epic account of the Battle of Britain ‘Duel of Eagles’ which was also published in 1969.  Chapter 9 of this book is titled ‘Enter Townsend and Snowdon’ and the picture above shows Townsend and fellow consultant ‘Ginger’ Lacey inspecting a Spitfire on the film set.

    The author spent weeks on location with the various film units in both England and Spain. He tells of the myriad difficulties encountered in obtaining aircraft and facilities; trouble with the stars, tensions with the pilots, political pressures and the recurring financial crises.  How these problems were overcome makes a story as gripping as the amazing scenes of aerial combat that are the hallmark of this classic movie.

     A nice copy of this very scarce hardback book with a neat Townsend signature.  It’s hard to believe that the film was released fifty years ago……