The one-time Minister of Munitions

The Friar, to commemorate the 142nd anniversary of the birth of Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874-1965), brings back one of Sir Winston’s most famous quotes:

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. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

Quips the Friar: “I mean, it’s no ‘Build a wall and make Mexico pay for it,’ but it did well enough for its time, right?”

Incidentally, Churchill did actually serve as Minister of Munitions — during what would be called the Great War, under Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

1 comment

  1. Wombat-socho »

    1 December 2016 · 6:38 pm

    Iron Maiden plays a clip of that speech in concerts right before they play their tribute to The Few in the Battle of Britain, “Aces High”. Brings the crowd to its feet, roaring and cheering, every time.

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