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Wavs from Churchill's May 19th 1940 Broadcast






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(Excerpt from below) - "I speak to you for the first time as Prime Minister in a solemn hour for the life of our country, of our Empire, of our Allies, and above all, of the cause of Freedom.".

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The beginning of Churchill's first address to the British people as Prime Minister, regarding the overunning of Allied forces in France and Flanders.

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"We must not allow ourselves to be intimidated by the presence of these armoured vehicles in unexpected places behind our lines.".

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"If they are behind our Front, the French are also, at many points, fighting actively behind theirs.".

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"Both sides are therefore in an extremely dangerous position.".

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"A sudden transformation of the scene might spring into being.".

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"In the air, often at serious odds - often at odds hitherto thought overwhelming - we have been clawing down three or four to one of our enemies.".

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"Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen - God bless them!".

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"Is not this the appointed time for all to make the utmost exertions in their power?".

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"If the battle is to be won, we must provide our men with ever increasing quantities of the weapons and ammunition they need.".

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"Our task is not only to win the battle, but to win the war.".

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"For all that Britain is, and all that Britain means - that will be the struggle.".

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"In that supreme emergency, we shall not hesitate to take every step - even the most drastic - to call forth from our people the last ounce and the last inch of effort of which we are capable.".

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"The interests of property, the hours of labor, are nothing compared to the struggle for life and honor, for right and freedom, to which we have vowed ourselves.".

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"I have received from the chiefs of the French Republic, and in particular, from its indomitable Prime Minister Monsieur Renault, the most sacred pledges that, whatever happens, they will fight to the end - be it bitter, or be it glorious.".

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"Nay - if we fight to the end, it can only be glorious.".

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"Having received His Majesty's commission, I have formed an administration of men and women of every party and of almost every point of view.".

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"We have differed and quarreled in the past, but now one bond unites us all - to wage war until victory is won - and never to surrender ourselves to servitude and shame, whatever the cost and the agony may be.".

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Complete quote containing the quotes of the two wav files immediately above.

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"If this is one of the most awestriking periods in the long history of France and Britain, it is also, beyond doubt, the most sublime.".

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"Side by side, the British and French peoples have advanced to rescue not only Europe but Mankind from the foulest and most soul destroying tyranny which has ever darkened and stained the pages of history."

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"Behind us, behind the armies and fleets of Britain and France, gather a group of shattered states and bludgeoned races - the Czechs, the Poles, the Norwegians, the Danes, the Dutch, the Belgians - upon all of whom the long night of barbarism will descend, unbroken, even by a star of hope, unless we conquer - as conquer we must - as conquer we shall.".

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"Today is Trinity Sunday. Centuries ago, words were written to be a call and a stir to the faithful servants of Truth and Justice - "Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor - and be in readiness for the conflict - for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our Nation and our altars. As the will of God is in Heaven, even so, let Him do.".

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