This is Churchill's draft for one of his most famous pieces of oratory. His speech of June 18, 1940, delivered first in the House of Commons and then broadcast to the Nation, occurred against the backdrop of the fall of France, one of the darkest moments in British history. Churchill did not flinch from admitting the severity of the situation, but he turned it into a roar of determination and defiance.
Typescript with manuscript annotations.
Churchill Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, U.K.
© Crown copyright 1940, Archival Reference
World War II