Quote by Winston S. Churchill: “We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in Fr...”
Winston Churchill - We Shall Fight them on the beaches
We shall fight on the beaches
But this victory was a hollow one. The soldiers were only saved thanks to a curious halt order from the German command, and the Nazis were just days away from entering Paris. Churchill knew he had to prepare his people for the possible fall of France. He also knew he had to send a message to a reluctant ally across the pond. It was not the immediate morale booster we imagine, and actually depressed quite a few Brits.
Westminster, Tuesday The House of Commons, at the time of writing, is still trying to adjust itself to one of the gravest speeches ever made to it in all its long history. It shattered any illusions that the withdrawal of the BEF [ British Expeditionary Force ] and the French troops from Northern France has turned a military defeat into a victory. Churchill agreed, won by discipline, resource, skill, and unconquerable fidelity. But let no one, was his warning, assign any attributes of victory to what had happened. Wars were not won by evacuations.
When Napoleon lay at Boulogne for a year with his flat-bottomed boats and his Grand Army, he was told by someone there are bitter weeds in England. There certainly are a great many more since the British expeditionary force returned. Sir, I have myself full confidence that if all do their duty and if nothing is neglected and if the best arrangements are made, and they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our island home, ride out the storm of war and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary, for years, if necessary, alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty's Government, every man of them.
Facing the possibilities
It uses the technique of repetition to very good effect. This is one of three speeches Churchill gave at this time. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the will of Parliament and the nation. The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.