their finest hour speech pdf
During the first four years of the last war the Allies experienced nothing but disaster and disappointment. You can also buy the book by clicking on the buttons to the left. Public Resource FINEST HOUR THE JOURNAL OF WINSTON CHURCHILL AND HIS TIMES • SPRING 2017 • NO. Winston S. Churchill: This was Their Finest Hour 1:30 min. _____ Published quarterly by the International Churchill Society with subscriptions from offices on pages 2 and 55. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.' There should be no difficulty in this, owing to our great superiority at sea. Those who are not called up, or else are employed during the vast business of munitions production in all its branches-and their ramifications are innumerable-will serve their country best by remaining at their ordinary work until they receive their summons. The tribulations of that summer would show Britons at their finest hour, in no small part because Churchill gave one of his finest speeches at his country’s moment of greatest need. However matters may go in France or with the French Government, or other French Governments, we in this Island and in the British Empire will never lose our sense of comradeship with the French people. Join to automatically receive a subscription to BOTH. Britain was left alone to face Hitler’s Germany. Therefore, this Island was for several months particularly denuded of fighting troops. The Canadians had actually landed in France, but have now been safely withdrawn, much disappointed, but in perfect order, with all their artillery and equipment. I put it on the shelf, from which the historians, when they have time, will select their documents to tell their stories. He spoke the entire time with a cigar in his mouth, leaving some of his listeners to conclude he was drunk. Indeed, I indicated a fortnight ago as clearly as I could to the House that the worst possibilities were open; and I made it perfectly clear then that With Britain tottering on the abyss, its prime minister, Winston Churchill, gave one of the great rallying cries in world history, the "finest hour" speech of June 18, 1940. Britain was the only thing standing between Adolf Hitler and control of Europe. It might suggest ideas to other people which they have not thought of, and they would not be likely to give us any of their ideas in exchange. When we consider the heroic resistance made by the French Army against heavy odds in this battle, the enormous losses inflicted upon the enemy and the evident exhaustion of the enemy, it may well be the thought that these 25 divisions of the best-trained and best-equipped troops might have turned the scale. All Rights Reserved. Finest hour may also refer to: Books. I spoke the other day of the colossal military disaster which occurred when the French High Command failed to withdraw the northern Armies from Belgium at the moment when they knew that the French front was decisively broken. download 1 file . Indeed, I indicated a fortnight ago as clearly as I could to the House that the worst possibilities were open; and I made it perfectly clear then that whatever happened in France would make no difference to the resolve of Britain and the British Empire to fight on, ‘if necessary for years, if necessary alone.” During the last few days we have successfully brought off the great majority of the troops we had on the line of communication in France; and seven-eighths of the troops we have sent to France since the beginning of the war-that is to say, about 350,000 out of 400,000 men-are safely back in this country.

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