Quote by Winston Churchill: “We shall fight on the beaches,we shall fight on...”
We Shall Fight on the Beaches: Churchill's Speech on the Dunkirk Evacuation
Winston Churchill Speech – We Shall Fight on The Beaches
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The position of the B. F had now become critical As a result of a most skillfully conducted retreat and German errors, the bulk of the British Forces reached the Dunkirk bridgehead. The peril facing the British nation was now suddenly and universally perceived. The seas remained absolutely calm. The Royal Air Force—bitterly maligned at the time by the Army—fought vehemently to deny the enemy the total air supremacy which would have wrecked the operation.
This was the second of three major speeches given around the period of the Battle of France ; the others are the " Blood, toil, tears, and sweat " speech of 13 May and the " This was their finest hour " speech of 18 June. Events developed dramatically over the five-week period, and although broadly similar in themes, each speech addressed a different military and diplomatic context. In this speech, Churchill had to describe a great military disaster, and warn of a possible invasion attempt by the Nazis , without casting doubt on eventual victory. He also had to prepare his domestic audience for France's falling out of the war without in any way releasing France to do so, and wished to reiterate a policy and an aim unchanged — despite the intervening events — from his speech of 13 May, in which he had declared the goal of "victory, however long and hard the road may be". He had done so as the head of a multiparty coalition government , which had replaced the previous government led by Neville Chamberlain as a result of dissatisfaction with the conduct of the war, demonstrated by the Norway debate on the Allied evacuation of Southern Norway. Churchill had spoken to the House of Commons as Prime Minister for the first time on 13 May, to announce the formation of the new administration:. I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.