A Piece of Cake: Consuming the Battle of Britain
The representation of the Battle of Britain through popular culture and commodification has ensured its primacy in popular memory. In two parts, this chapter focuses upon the Battle’s popular culture, and as a vehicle for commercial products. Firstly, cultural media has been significant in the representation of the Battle since 1965, film, television, radio, novels, ‘what if’ counterfactuals, aviation art, and latterly, the Internet, omnipresent. Secondly, the Battle has been commodified through commemorative plates, trinkets, and other commercial ephemera. Airshows, Spitfire flights, and flight simulators have also brought the past closer. The chapter also considers how what is represented now, clearly mirrors the dominant wartime Battle narrative of the Few preventing invasion.