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Winston Churchill: Be Ye Men of Valour – May 19, 1940

First Broadcast as Prime Minister

I speak to you for the first time as Prime Minister in a solemn hour for the life of our country, of our empire, of our allies, and, above all, of the cause of Freedom. A tremendous battle is raging in France and Flanders. The Germans, by a remarkable combination of air bombing and heavily armored tanks, have broken through the French defenses north of the Maginot Line, and strong columns of their armored vehicles are ravaging the open country, which for the first day or two was without defenders. They have penetrated deeply and spread alarm and confusion in their track. Behind them there are now appearing infantry in lorries, and behind them, again, the large masses are moving forward. The re-groupment of the French armies to make head against, and also to strike at, this intruding wedge has been proceeding for several days, largely assisted by the magnificent efforts of the Royal Air Force.

We must not allow ourselves to be intimidated by the presence of these armored vehicles in unexpected places behind our lines. If they are behind our Front, the French are also at many points fighting actively behind theirs. Both sides are therefore in an extremely dangerous position. And if the French Army, and our own Army, are well handled, as I believe they will be; if the French retain that genius for recovery and counter-attack for which they have so long been famous; and if the British Army shows the dogged endurance and solid fighting power of which there have been so many examples in the past — then a sudden transformation of the scene might spring into being.



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The thoughts and hopes of all America—indeed of all the civilized world—are centered tonight on the battleship Missouri. There on that small piece of American soil anchored in Tokyo Harbor the Japanese have just officially laid down their arms. They have signed terms of unconditional surrender.

Four years ago, the thoughts and fears of the whole civilized world were centered on another piece of American soil—Pearl Harbor. The mighty threat to civilization which began there is now laid at rest. It was a long road to Tokyo—and a bloody one.

We shall not forget Pearl Harbor.

The Japanese militarists will not forget the U.S.S. Missouri.

The evil done by the Japanese war lords can never be repaired or forgotten. But their power to destroy and kill has been taken from them. Their armies and what is left of their Navy are now impotent.


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http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fdrpearlharbor.htm – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation; includes text and audio of the speech.
“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fdrthefourfreedoms.htm – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – The Four Freedoms; includes transcription and audio record of the speech.

http://www.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/fr32/speeches/su40fdr.htm – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – State of the Union 1940 speech

http://www.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/fr32/speeches/su41fdr.htm – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – State of the Union 1941 speech

http://www.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/fr32/speeches/su42fdr.htm – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – State of the Union 1942 speech

http://www.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/fr32/speeches/su43fdr.htm – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – State of the Union 1943 speech

http://www.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/fr32/speeches/su44fdr.htm – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – State of the Union 1944 speech

http://www.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/fr32/speeches/su45fdr.htm – Franklin Delano Roosevelt – State of the Union 1945 speech

http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Franklin_Delano_Roosevelt/First_Inaugural_Speech_of_Franklin_Delano_Roosevelt/President_Franklin_Delano_Roosevelts_First_Inaugural_Speech_p1.html – First Inaugural Speech of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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