I always liked the scene with the Poles from The Battle of Britain...
A non-operational Polish Hurricane squadron, still under training and led by a British officer, suddenly sees a group of He 111s…
Polish Pilots: ‘Nazi! Nazi!'…(lots of excited shouting in Polish)
British Officer, slowly and clearly: ‘Stop that Polish chatter and steer two-three-zero’
First Polish Pilot (whose command of English has suddenly disappeared): ‘Repeat Please’. Hurricane banks swiftly away towards the Germans, unseen by the British officer.
British Officer: ‘I say again two-three-zero’.
Second Polish Pilot: ‘Repeat Please’. Hurricane banks quickly away.
British Officer: ‘For crying out loud, Two-Three-Zero!
Third Polish Pilot: ‘Repeat Please’. Hurricane banks quickly away.
Fourth Polish Pilot: ‘Repeat Please’. Hurricane banks quickly away.
Fifth Polish Pilot: ‘Repeat Please’. Hurricane banks quickly away.
British officer: ‘Now just shut up the lot of you, and just follow me, unless you are blind as well as…’ looks over and sees his entire squadron hurtling towards the Germans. ‘Oh God’s Strewth!’ he says despairingly, turning after them.
A fierce air battle takes place, the Poles shouting excitedly over the radio as they savage the German formation.
British officer: ‘Shut Up! Silence… In Polish!’
While the battles the British fight may differ in the widest possible ways, they invariably have two common characteristics – they are always fought uphill and always at the junction of two or more map sheets.
General Sir William Slim