I did watch those two documentaries you linked to and enjoyed them both tremedously so thanks again old bean, for sharing
It was very nice to see that both docus were, as you say better and more than the usual run-off-the-mill stuff - even better, I had not seen any of them previously.
The McGregor's flying, interspersed with footage from Cranwell and Biggin was very entertaining and carried a sense of why it is still very relevant to study the Battle 70 years on. Loved the moment when the Tornado flew overhead and Ewan called out for the pilot to "keep the noise down, will you?"
Dowding, nicknamed "Stuffy" I beleive, was indeed an interesting character; in contact with the dead and living with his sister. Luckily he was the man with the vision and ability to invent the world's first intergrated Air Warning System.
There's a biography I'd love to read; Dowding's memoirs, if such exist.
Interestingly, Bader was erronously mentioned as Commander of 12 Group in the other docu, no mention of Leigh-Mallory.
And apparently the Nasties were so obsessed with quality materials and in quality workmanship that they failed to massproduce aeroplanes, and the one they did produce in massive amounts were the Stukas, already outdated and showing signs of being on the road to obsolecense and uselessness.
Herman the German, the "nice" face of Nazism, I knew was a druggie, and a fanciful dresser. Whether he was as incompetent as stated in the movie I do not know. Hindsight benefits from perfect 20-20 vision which also facilitates claims such as were made regarding Britain not really being alone, and not really being in as grave a danger from invasion as usually depicted.
Churchill's fear, as he realized that all available aircraft were in the air, no reserves whatsoever, and his desperate endeavours to enlist the help of Rosevelt and the US, tell a slightly different story, as do other historian's claims that the BoB was not won, but it wasn't lost either, and the outcome was more like the away-team giving up and going home.
Certainly a fascinating documentary.
Regardig CoD: No. I have not dabbled in CoD and I must confess that I probably never will. Simply because I'm not interested in what Oleg Maddox has on offer: I own just about all of the original Il-2 series and besides the first one which had the (from my point of view) entirely wrong planes in the wrong theater, all the series received about 30 minutes play time by me in total. I find them boring, uninspiring and completely devoid of any redeeming features. Just my very personal opinion of course.
I far prefer the way our old BoB's One and Two are structured. Better gameplay, much more immersion and above all, far better historical accuracy. For example going back to the BoB docu with the McGregor's; did you recognize that harbour on the southcoast they flew over? I thought; Wow, that's the one we have in BoB!
Besides, I gather that CoD needs a lot of patching just to run properly.
It is a bit the same thing with RoF for me, although Rof runs fine on my rig, I find it a bit unengaging and uninvolving.