TIL Winston Churchill’s Historic “Fight Them on the Beaches” Speech Wasn’t Heard by the Public Until After WWII

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I wish I could have heard the original delivery. Churchill was a total badass, and was the no BS leader a powerful and just country needed when facing an immensely powerful lunatic who lied to peoples’ faces and didn’t play by the political rules…. However if you’ve actually listened to the 1949 recording… The guy just deadpans it. I can see Churchill being asked to record it years after the war and just not caring… Phoning it in like a Bruce Willis performance. I wonder if the address to Commons had more passion or power. Reading the speech will get you more amped than actually hearing it.


“God damn I love these peaches!”


Dunkirk. Great movie.


This speach was made after the evacuation of Dunkirk. The brittish rescued around 300.000 soldiers but left most equpment behind because there was no time to take that as well. So at the end of this speach Churchill allegedly turned to his assistant and said: “And we’ll fight them with the butt ends of broken beer bottles because that’s bloody well all we’ve got!” Reffering to the fact that because of all the equpment left behind the Brittish armed forces were critically low on guns, artillery, tanks, vehicles, ammo, artillery shells, …


There’s even a minor conspiracy theory that the well known recording we know today was recorded by a BBC sound-alike. No idea why they would feel the need to do that but I’ve seen it claimed.