Not surprisingly America (and the home population) got a
rather one-sided view of battles as they took place. Few are more mythical
than the Battle of Britain 'epic'. Off the record the reality was a little
less inspiring. "Air Chief Marshall Arthur Harris later conceded that the job
of shooting down the mainly unarmed German bombing planes, virtually without
protection because of the modest fuel capacity of their covering fighters, was
similar to shooting cows in the meadow.