Precise, inquiring, thrilling!,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Battlefield Britain (DVD)
The British do know something about historiography and how to pack dry details into a fascinating story! Peter Snow and his "historian son Dan" give a great example how historical research, computer aided presentation and personal experience of simple, but crucial facts can depict not only a battle, but a whole age.
It's all about war on British soil or in British territorial waters - or, well, in the last act in British air. The two historians explain the political situation before the most decisive campaigns, they depict the manoevres in computer animations, they step onto the battle fields itself and they undergo personal experiences. What does it mean to draw a longbow, what impetus does a rider get when he encounters a slow-going target, what is the difference between a boat cruising and a boat running before the wind? How long does it take to crawl through an unknown forest in the dark expecting the enemy? How does a pilot feel looping through the air?
Some scenes are reenacted, but never over the top. The only details appearing a bit too technical are the portraits of the leading figures, mostly the commanders: in a kind of hologramms. Why, they are based on more or less correct paintings in the best case or just guess-work like Harold or William the conquerer.
The Snows do not only pick out the famous campaigns like the Norman invasion and Hastings 1066, the battles of the Spanish Armada or the Battle of Britain when England defied Nazi Germany, but also less known battles like Owain Glyndwrs rebellion in the first decade of the 15th century or the Boyne in Ireland 1690.
Battefield Britain - historical correct and griping at the same time! Highly recommended.