Winston Churchill · War Quotes 27

Speech in the House of Commons, after taking office as Prime Minister (13 May 1940).
Speech after the German invasion of the Soviet Union (June 1941).
To Neville Chamberlain in the House of Commons, after the Munich accords (1938).
Speech in the House of Commons (1940-07-14).
Speech given after the British defeat of the German Afrika Korps at the Second Battle of El Alamein in Egypt (1942-11-10).
Speech in the House of Commons (4 June 1940).
Radio broadcast on the German invasion of Russia (June 1941).
Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation. Upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us now. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age, made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. 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.'
Speech in the House of Commons (1940-06-18).
The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. All hearts go out to the fighter pilots, whose brilliant actions we see with our own eyes day after day; but we must never forget that all the time, night after night, month after month, our bomber squadrons travel far into Germany, find their targets in the darkness by the highest navigational skill, aim their attacks, often under the heaviest fire, often with serious loss, with deliberate careful discrimination, and inflict shattering blows upon the whole of the technical and war-making structure of the Nazi power.
(1940-08-20)
(1940-10-21)
Refering to France in a speech to the Canadian Parliament 1941.
Winston Churchill
British politician; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.
Nationality: British
Occupation: Politician
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