But he did deploy lines from the 17th century writer, Andrew Marvell: He nothing common did or mean, Upon that memorable scene. On the other hand, this will not happen immediately, and we are now assured of immense, continuous and increasing support in supplies and munitions of all kinds from the United States; and especially of aeroplanes and pilots from the Dominions and across the oceans coming from regions which are beyond the reach of enemy bombers. That was our constant fear: one blow after another, terrible losses, frightful dangers. It was even with an actual sense of relief that some of our high commanders addressed themselves to our new and grimly simplified problem. It in no way diminishes, but on the contrary definitely increases, the power of our long-distance blockade.
But as it is, I am happy to inform the House that our fighter strength is stronger at the present time relatively to the Germans, who have suffered terrible losses, than it has ever been; and consequently we believe ourselves possessed of the capacity to continue the war in the air under better conditions than we have ever experienced before. Our fighter Air Force might easily have been exhausted as a mere accident in that great struggle, and then we should have found ourselves at the present time in a very serious plight. Then on September 3, 1939, Churchill was again appointed as first lord of the Admiralty and a member of the war cabinet and by April of 1940, he rose to chairman of the Military Coordinating Committee. Much space is taken up recounting the possibility of Operation Sea Lion panning out. In the Skagerrak, because of the distance, we could give no air support to our surface ships, and consequently, lying as we did close to the enemy's main air power, we were compelled to use only our submarines. In this speech, Churchill had to describe a great military disaster, and warn of by the , without casting doubt on eventual victory. It helped explain to me what the heck was going on in Africa.
They seek to indict those who were responsible for the guidance of our affairs. However matters may go in France or with the French Government, or other French Governments, we in this Island and in the British Empire will never lose our sense of comradeship with the French people. Some people will ask why, then, was it that the British Navy was not able to prevent the movement of a large army from Germany into Norway across the Skagerrak? And that is 630 pages, to give you an idea of the detail he goes into. The House will have read the historic declaration in which, at the desire of many Frenchmen-and of our own hearts-we have proclaimed our willingness at the darkest hour in French history to conclude a union of common citizenship in this struggle. It was given as France continued to reel from the stunning and massive German breakthrough at Sedan, France; it was shortly to be overcome, and sued for peace a week later, on 22 June. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. That was a very serious step to take, because our Territorials had only just been called up and were quite untrained.
This narrative of Churchill's involvement shows just how much he contributed to the direction that the war took including suggestions for the design of su This volume describes key events and battles from May to December 1940 when Britain stood alone against the might of the Nazis and subsequently the Italians. In the meantime, there may be raids by parachute troops and attempted descents of airborne soldiers. This also applies in a small way to our own affairs at home. It was formed at a moment of crisis in order to unite all the Parties and all sections of opinion. This planned German invasion of the U. Something that is not commonly known about this speech was that Churchill had just recently been elected to audience.
I put it on the shelf, from which the historians, when they have time, will select their documents to tell their stories. In the meanwhile, however, we have enormously improved our methods of defense, and we have learned what we had no right to assume at the beginning, namely, that the individual aircraft and the individual British pilot have a sure and definite superiority. We have, therefore, lived under this danger, in principle and in a slightly modified form, during all these months. If we are now called upon to endure what they have suffered we shall emulate their courage, and if final victory rewards our toils they shall share the gains, aye. Churchill's reasoning was that Hitler preferred to knock off his victims one by one. The Germans never had the naval forces to support an invasion. I am not reciting these facts for the purpose of recrimination.
All these shall be restored. The overall impression the reader receives is of a man who is constantly questioning his subordinates, urging speed and efficiency on a nation which is on the brink of invasion, demanding answers, offering suggestions and solutions, and never being satisfied with negative opinion. The emotion in the delivery of the speech showed that he truly believed and wanted his people to believe that they could overcome the terrifying odds they had of winning this war. In a poll of more than one million television viewers in 2002, he was voted the greatest Englishman or woman who ever lived outranking, among the first 10 finishers, Isaac Newton; Admiral Lord Nelson, Diana, Princess of Wales; and John Lennon. In the meanwhile, however, we have enormously improved our methods of defense, and we have learned what we had no right to assume at the beginning, namely, that the individual aircraft and the individual British pilot have a sure and definite superiority. As such, it is valuable for reference, reflection, research, and careful reading. This brings me, naturally, to the great question of invasion from the air, and of the impending struggle between the British and German Air Forces.
In present times statesmen are so dwarfed by their meager deeds, that is not possible to compare them with once upon a time world leaders. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. Finally, Churchill ensured the British people they were not alone. It does not matter if you loved or hated them independently of their posture or ideology. The British did all they could to enhance his reputation and assist him in landing his forces in North Africa to carry on the fight under the French flag. When he came of age, Winston Churchill entered into the British Royal Military College graduating ranked.
This is the volume of the Second World War collection, in which Mr. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. We should be able to give those gentry a warm reception both in the air and on the ground, if they reach it in any condition to continue the dispute. The actor is very good and general production is good. That battle was lost by the unfortunate strategical opening, by the extraordinary and unforseen power of the armored columns, and by the great preponderance of the German Army in numbers.
Churchill does a good job of describing what they knew at the time and what they found out later from captured Nazi records. He truly was born for that moment in history and the free world can thank him for it. One of the men in your entourage, a devoted friend, has been to me and told me that there is a danger of your being generally disliked by your colleagues and subordinates because of your rough, sarcastic and overbearing manner. Why should we not divide? It is the job of the people to protect and preserve the world, as they know it. Let me fill you in on the story. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation.