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Wavs from Churchill's July 14th 1940 Broadcast






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"During the last fortnight, the British Navy, in addition to blockading what is left of the German Fleet, and chasing the Italian Fleet, has had imposed upon it the sad duty of putting effectually out of commission, for the duration of the war, the capital ships of the French Navy.".

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The above, which continues "These, under the Armistice terms signed in the railway coach at Compiegne, would have been placed within the power of Nazi Germany. The transference of these ships to Hitler would have endangered the security both of Great Britain and the United States. We therefore had no choice but to act as we did, and to act forthwith. Our painful task is now completed.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "Our painful task is now completed.".

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"Although the unfinished battleship, the Jean Barre, still rests in a Moroccan harbour, and there are a number of French warships at Toulon and in various French ports all over the world, these are not in a condition, or of a character, to derange our preponderance of naval power. As long, therefore, as they make no attempt to return to ports controlled by Germany or Italy, we shall not molest them in any way. That melancholy phase in our relations with France has, so far as we are concerned, come to an end.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "Although the unfinished battleship, the Jean Barre, still rests in a Moroccan harbour, and there are a number of French warships at Toulon and in various French ports all over the world, these are not in a condition, or of a character, to derange our preponderance of naval power.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "As long, therefore, as they make no attempt to return to ports controlled by Germany or Italy, we shall not molest them in any way. That melancholy phase in our relations with France has, so far as we are concerned, come to an end.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "As long, therefore, as they make no attempt to return to ports controlled by Germany or Italy, we shall not molest them in any way.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "That melancholy phase in our relations with France has, so far as we are concerned, come to an end.".

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(The above, which continues) - "Let us think, rather, of the future.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "Let us think, rather, of the future.".

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"Today is the Fourteenth of July, the national festival of France. A year ago in Paris, I watched the statey Parade down the Champs Elysee of the French Army and the French Empire. Who could forsee what the course of a year would bring? Who can forsee what the course of other years will bring?".

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(Excerpt from above) - "Who could forsee what the course of a year would bring? Who can forsee what the course of other years will bring?".

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"Faith is given to us as a help and comfort when we stand in awe before the unfurling scroll of human destiny - and I proclaim my faith that some of us will live to see a Fourteenth of July when a liberated France will once again rejoice in her greatness and in her glory, and once again stand forward as the champion of the freedom and the rights of man.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "Faith is given to us as a help and comfort when we stand in awe before the unfurling scroll of human destiny.".

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(Excerpt from same as above, which continues still further) - " I proclaim my faith that some of us will live to see a Fourteenth of July when a liberated France will once again rejoice in her greatness and in her glory, and once again stand forward as the champion of the freedom and the rights of man. When that day dawns, as dawn it will, the soul of France will turn with comprehension and with kindness to those Frenchmen and Frenchwomen, wherever they may be, who in the darkest hour did not despair of the Republic.".

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"In the meantime, we shall not waste our breath, or encumber our thought, with reproaches.".

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"The association of interests between Britain and France remains! The cause remains! Duty inescapable remains!".

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"Subject to the iron demands of the war which we are waging against Hitler and all his works, we will try so to conduct ourselves that every true French heart will beat and glow at the way we carry on the struggle - and that not only France, but all the oppressed countries in Europe, may feel that each British victory is a step towards the liberation of the continent from the foulest thralldom into which it has ever been cast.".

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"All goes to show that the war will be long and hard. No one can tell where it will spread. One thing is certain - the peoples of Europe will not be ruled, for long, by the Nazi Gestapo - nor will the world yield itself to Hitler's gospel of hatred, appetite and domination.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "All goes to show that the war will be long and hard.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "No one can tell where it will spread.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "One thing is certain - the peoples of Europe will not be ruled, for long, by the Nazi Gestapo - nor will the world yield itself to Hitler's gospel of hatred, appetite and domination.".

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"And now, it has come to us, to stand alone, in the breach, and face the worst that the Tyrant's might and enmity can do. Bearing ourselves humbly before God, but concious that we serve and unfolding purpose, we are ready to defend our native land against the invasion by which it is threatened.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "And now, it has come to us, to stand alone, in the breach, and face the worst that the Tyrant's might and enmity can do.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "Bearing ourselves humbly before God, but concious that we serve and unfolding purpose, we are ready to defend our native land against the invasion by which it is threatened.".

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"We are fighting by ourselves alone - but we are not fighting for ourselves alone.".

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"Here, in this strong city of refuge, which enshrines the title deeds of human progress, and is of deep consequence to Christian civilization - here, girt about by the seas and oceans, where the Navy reigns - shielded from above by the prowess and devotion of our airmen - we await undismayed the impending assault.".

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(The above, which continues) - "Perhaps it will come tonight - perhaps it will come next week - perhaps it will never come.".

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"We must show ourselves equally capable of meeting a sudden violent shock or, what is perhaps a harder test, a prolonged vigil. But, be the ordeal be sharp or long or both, we shall seek no terms, we shall tolerate no parley, we may show mercy, we shall ask none.".

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"I can easily understand how sympathetic onlookers across the Atlantic, or anxious friends in the yet unravaged countries of Europe, who cannot measure our resources or our resolve, may have feared for our survival when they saw so many states and kingdoms torn to pieces in a few weeks, or even days, by the montrous force of the Nazi war machine. But Hitler has not yet been withstood by a great nation with a willpower the equal of his own. Many of these countries have been poisoned with intrigue before they were struck down by violence. They have been rotted from within before they were smitten from without. How else can you explain what has happened to France to the French Army, to the French people - to the leaders of the French people.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "I can easily understand how sympathetic onlookers across the Atlantic, or anxious friends in the yet unravaged countries of Europe, who cannot measure our resources or our resolve, may have feared for our survival when they saw so many states and kingdoms torn to pieces in a few weeks, or even days, by the montrous force of the Nazi war machine.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "Hitler has not yet been withstood by a great nation with a willpower the equal of his own.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "Many of these countries have been poisoned with intrigue before they were struck down by violence.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "They have been rotted from within before they were smitten from without.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "How else can you explain what has happened to France to the French Army, to the French people - to the leaders of the French people.".

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"Here, in our island, we are in good health and in good heart.".

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"We have seen how Hitler prepared, in scientific detail, the plans for destroying the neighbor countries of Germany. He had his plans for Poland and his plans for Norway. He had his plans for Denmark. He had his plans all worked out for the doom of the peaceful, trustful Dutch - and of course, for the Belgians. We have seen how the French were undermined and overthrown. We may therefore be sure that there is a plan, perhaps built up over years, for destroying Great Britain - which, after all, has the honor of being his main and foremost enemy. All I can say is that any plan for invading Britain which Hitler made two months ago must have had to be entirely recast in order to meet our new position.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "We have seen how Hitler prepared, in scientific detail, the plans for destroying the neighbor countries of Germany.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "We have seen how Hitler prepared, in scientific detail, the plans for destroying the neighbor countries of Germany. He had his plans for Poland and his plans for Norway. He had his plans for Denmark. He had his plans all worked out for the doom of the peaceful, trustful Dutch - and of course, for the Belgians. We have seen how the French were undermined and overthrown. We may therefore be sure that there is a plan, perhaps built up over years, for destroying Great Britain - which, after all, has the honor of being his main and foremost enemy.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "All I can say is that any plan for invading Britain which Hitler made two months ago must have had to be entirely recast in order to meet our new position.".

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"Never before in the last war, or in this, have we had in this island an army comparable in quality, equipment or numbers, to that which stands here on guard tonight. We have a million and a half men in the British Army under arms tonight, and every week of June and July have seen their organization, their defences and their striking power advance by leaps and bounds. No praise is too high for the officers and men - aye, and civilians - who have made this immense transformation in so short a time.

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(Excerpt from above) - "Never before in the last war, or in this, have we had in this island an army comparable in quality, equipment or numbers, to that which stands here on guard tonight.".

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"Behind these, soldiers of the Regular Army, as a means of destruction for parachutists, airborne invaders, and any traitors that may be found in our midst - though I do not believe there are many - woe betide them, they will get short shrift - behind the Regular Army, we have more than a million of the Local Defence Volunteers, or as they are much better called, The Home Guard.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "Woe betide them, they will get short shrift!".

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"Should the invader come to Britain, there will be no placid lying down of the people in submission before him as we have seen, alas, in other counties. We shall defend every village, every town, and every city. The vast mass of London itself, fought street by street, could easily devour an entire hostile army - and we would rather see London laid in ruins and ashes than that it should be tamely and abjectly enslaved.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "Should the invader come to Britain, there will be no placid lying down of the people in submission before him as we have seen, alas, in other counties.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "We shall defend every village, every town, and every city.".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "The vast mass of London itself, fought street by street, could easily devour an entire hostile army - and we would rather see London laid in ruins and ashes than that it should be tamely and abjectly enslaved.".

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"I am bound to state these facts, because it is necessary to inform our people of our intentions, and thus, to reassure them.".

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(Excerpt from above) - "I am bound to state these facts".

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"This has been a great week for the Royal Air Force, and for the Fighter Command! They have shot down more than five to one of the German aircraft that have tried to molest our convoys in the Channel, or have ventured to cross the British coastline. These are, of course, only the preliminary encounters to the great air battles which lie ahead".

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(Excerpt from above) - "This has been a great week for the Royal Air Force!".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "This has been a great week for the Royal Air Force - and for the Fighter Command!".

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(Excerpt from same as above) - "These are, of course, only the preliminary encounters to the great air battles which lie ahead".

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