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Winston Churchill – We Shall Never Surrender

June 4, 2009 Steve Terjeson 5 Comments

Winston Churchill – We Shall Never Surrender
4 June 1940

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“[…] I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty’s Government-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation. The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

-Winston Churchill
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  1. Sylwia
    June 4, 2009 - 11:52 am

    Would you mind checking your information about Poland. Brits didn’t break Enigma, they got the machine and codes from Poles.

    Polish commanders didn’t miscalculate at the beginning of the war, only were misled by their allies who claimed that they kept attacking Germans, while in fact they withdrew and began their phoney war. Poles didn’t count on the Soviets’ help either. They were enemies, having had fought another war with them not much earlier. They counted on their allies with whom they had alliances signed. Polish cavalry never attacked German tanks. It’s one of German propaganda’s myths. Poles alone caused averagely more losses to Germans during the September Campaign than Brits and French together during the Battle of France. Polish Army is also the only one to have ever defeated Red Army. Just the Nazis and Soviets together, and no help from allies, was too much.

    Read this about the continuous misinformation prior and during WWII:

    and this about the September Campaign myths:

    BTW Poles don’t celebrate the end of WWII on May 8 or 9. Today it’s been exactly 20 years since Poland regained its independence. 🙂

  2. JP
    June 5, 2009 - 9:14 am

    Happy (belated) Indpendence Day, Poland!

  3. larry parker
    June 5, 2009 - 11:27 pm

    in the published narrative of the speech above, there is reference to the gestapo and odious nazi rule. in listening to the spoken words of Churchill those references are not spoken or included.
    were they edited out or was it just a mistake?

  4. Steven Terjeson
    June 6, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    It’s very probable that they were last minute line item edits by the speaker. In the days before teleprompters this was often the case.

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