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Winston Churchill: Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat, 1940 Speech (Transcript)

Winston Churchill Speech 1940

In his first speech as Britain’s Prime Minister, Churchill tied the outcome of the fight against the Nazis to the survival of Britain itself. One of history’s best battle cries.

Best quote from this speech:

“You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.”

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Winston Churchill

Mr. Speaker. On Friday evening last I received His Majesty’s commission to form a new administration. It was the evident wish and will of Parliament and the nation that this should be conceived on the broadest possible basis and that it should include all parties, both those who supported the late Government and also the parties of the Opposition.

I have completed the most important part of this task. A War Cabinet has been formed of five Members, representing, with the Liberal Opposition, the unity of the nation. The three party leaders have agreed to serve, either in the War Cabinet or in high executive office.

The three fighting services have been filled. It was necessary that this should be done in one single day, on account of the extreme urgency and rigor of events. A number of other key positions were filled yesterday, and I am submitting a further list to His Majesty tonight.

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