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The Battle of Britain
Music: Ron Goodwin
Britain’s desperate defence against a much larger, better-prepared military machine was a costly victory.

BY the summer of 1940, Nazi Germany had acquired control over most of Western Europe and Scandinavia, and Adolf Hitler confidently attacked RAF bases in southern England in August that year.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Although. Also.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Match. Battle. Plan.

Use together in one sentence: Assault. Civilian. Back.

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Alan Blumlein
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Railway enthusiast, music lover, and the man who gave us stereo sound.

IN 1935 Alan Blumlein, an avid railway enthusiast, made a five-minute film of trains running through Hayes in Middlesex.

There was a serious purpose to Blumlein’s subject. A maddening feature of early talkies was that as actors moved around the screen, the sound of their voices and movements appeared rooted to one spot.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Sober. Serious.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Feature. Value. Lie.

Use together in one sentence: Railway. Groove. Make.

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Benno Moiseiwitsch
Music: Johannes Brahms
One of the twentieth century’s greatest pianists, who put himself and his art at the service of his adopted country.

AT fifteen, budding pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch inquired at the Royal Academy of Music in London about continuing studies that had begun in his hometown, Odessa, and had brought him the Anton Rubinstein Prize when he was nine. His prospective tutors told him frankly that they did not know what they could teach him.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Acknowledge. Recognise. Know.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Exact. Reserve. Study.

Use together in one sentence: Study. Where. Inquire.

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Wilfrid Israel
Music: Gustav Holst
Wilfrid Israel used his Berlin department store as cover for smuggling thousands of Jewish children to safety in Britain.

EVEN before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Wilfrid Israel was helping Jews escape to Britain, America and the British Mandate for Palestine.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Shop. Release. Lead.

Use together in one sentence: Christmas. Touch. World.

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The Evacuation of Dunkirk
Music: Frank Bridge
The fate of the British army hung by a thread in May 1940, but ships large and small, military and civilian, came to the rescue.

AFTER Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, the British Expeditionary Force, a thorn in the German side during the Great War, was again deployed to France.

This time, however, the speed of the enemy’s advance through Holland and Belgium, bursting into France by the Ardennes, caught everyone by surprise.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Burst. Explode. Pop.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Advance. Brain. Surprise.

Use together in one sentence: Miracle. Man. Patrol.

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Britain’s Destiny
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams
In a Christmas broadcast in 1940, actor Leslie Howard explained why British sovereignty was worth fighting for.

BRITAIN’S destiny has been to uphold tolerance in religion, thought, speech, and race – the mainspring of democracy. We have still far to travel on the road to true democracy, but only the Germans have made no progress in this direction.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Peace. Piece.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Mistake. Record. Travel.

Use together in one sentence: Thought. Uphold. Courage.

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