Quote by Winston S. Churchill: “We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in Fr...”
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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:.
From the moment that the French defences at Sedan and on the Meuse were broken at the end of the second week of May, only a rapid retreat to Amiens and the south could have saved the British and French Armies who had entered Belgium at the appeal of the Belgian King; but this strategic fact was not immediately realised. The French High Command hoped they would be able to close the gap, and the Armies of the north were under their orders. Moreover, a retirement of this kind would have involved almost certainly the destruction of the fine Belgian Army of over 20 divisions and the abandonment of the whole of Belgium. Therefore, when the force and scope of the German penetration were realised and when a new French Generalissimo, General Weygand, assumed command in place of General Gamelin, an effort was made by the French and British Armies in Belgium to keep on holding the right hand of the Belgians and to give their own right hand to a newly created French Army which was to have advanced across the Somme in great strength to grasp it. However, the German eruption swept like a sharp scythe around the right and rear of the Armies of the north.
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Oh, the thrill of war. Or rather, the thrill of the thought of war — while you flip channels to watch studio cockfights, and your Navratri fasting gives you a high that you believe to be aspontaneous swelling of nationalistic pride. The thrill is primal. And it is real. Folks who find this warmongering stupid — and it is stupid — tend to underestimate the force with which such alust-show comes radiating through, flattening everything else in its path. Thankfully, not too many have anything to do with any decisions that can lead to war or everlasting peace.