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Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill

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  • In June 1940, Britain was in serious danger. Nazi Germany had invaded Poland, Belgium, and the Netherlands and was about to take France. With its main allies under Nazi control, Britain stood alone.
  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874–1965) addressed the House of Commons on June 18, delivering a speech of defiant resolution and hope.
  • Churchill gave a frank assessment of the terrible situation, the threat of a Nazi invasion of Britain, and the devastating bombing campaign that the British people knew was likely to be unleashed on the country (and which did indeed occur).
  • He discussed British land, sea, and air defenses and support from allies that had formerly been part of the British Empire. He tried to instill hope by predicting victory.
  • In a stirring conclusion, Churchill called on the British people to stay strong and determined in fighting the foe so that later generations would consider their role in this fight for Britain's survival "their finest hour."
  • Churchill gave the speech again the same night in a radio broadcast to the British people. Many listeners felt inspired and reassured by the speech.


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