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Wavs from Churchill's June 17th 1940 Broadcast






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"Now here is where we come to the Navy. After all, we have a Navy. Some people are inclined to forget that we have a Navy.".

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"Now the Navy have never pretended to be able to prevent raids by bodies of five or ten thousand men, flung suddenly across and thrown ashore at several points of the coast, some dark night or foggy morning.".

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(Excerpt from below) - "There ought to be no difficulty in this!".

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"There ought to be no difficulty in this - owing to our great superiority at sea.".

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"Ah, it wouldn't be a good thing for me to go into the details of this!".

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"Remember - the enemy is crafty, cunning, and full of novel treacheries and strategems.".

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"There is no dirty trick he will not do.".

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"This brings me to the great question of invasion from the air.".

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"In the meantime, there may be raids by parachute troops and attempted descents by airborne soldiers.".

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The above, along with "We ought to be able to give these gentry a warm reception - both in the air and also if they reach the ground in any condition to continue the discussion.".

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"I look forward confidently to the exploits of our Fighter Pilots - these splendid men, this brilliant youth, who will have the glory of saving their native land, their island home, and all they love, from the most deadly of all attacks.".

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"For all of us, whatever our sphere or station, it will be a help to think of the famous line 'He nothing common did or mean upon that memorable scene.'".

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"Our professional advisors of the three Services - very able men - unitedly advise us that we should carry on the war - that we are able to carry on the war - and that there are good and reasonable hopes of final victory.".

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"We may now ask ourselves in what way has our position worsened since the beginning of the war.".

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"The Germans will be able to concentrate their forces, both military and, later on, industrial, upon us.".

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"The winter will impose a strain upon the Nazi regime, with almost all Europe writhing and starving under its cruel heel, which, for all their ruthlessness, will run them very hard.".

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"Contemplating our dangers with a disillusioned eye, I see great reason for intense exertion and vigilance - but none whatever for panic or despair.".

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"Freedom shall be restored to all!".

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"We abate nothing of our just demands!".

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"Not one jot or tittle do we recede!".

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(Excerpt from above) - "Not one jot or tittle!".

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"Czechs, Poles, Norwegians, Dutch and Belgians have joined their causes with our own! All these shall be restored!".

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The famous "Battle of Britain" segment in its entirety.

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(Excerpt from above) - "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, 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'.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "...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.".

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