Ffering You ask what is ourpolicy I can say It is to wage war by sea land and air with allour might and with all the strength that God can give us to wage waragainst a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark lamentablecatalogue of human crime that is our policy ou ask what is our aimI can answer in one word it is victory victory at all costs victoryin spite of terror victory however long and hard the road may be forwithout victory there is no survival Let that
be realized no survivalfor the British Empire no survival for all that realized no survivalfor the British Empire no survival for all that British Empire hasstood for no survival for the urge "and impulse of the ages thatmankind will move "impulse of the ages thatmankind will move towards its goal But I take up my task withbuoyancy and hope I feel that our cause will not be suffered to failamong men At this time I feel entitled to claim the aid of all and Isay come then let us go forward together with our united strengthHis command of such language was one of Churchill s primary assets in this ordeal along with his understanding of Hitler his adamantine will to never compromise or surrender and oddly the loyalty that he received from his former opponent Neville Chamberlain The private letters to President Roosevelt who was another intended audience for these now famous speeches and the deliberations and dissensions inside his own Cabinet make for a fascinating private counterpoint to the public speeches Grave conseuences for almost everyone in the world hung for those few months on what Churchill did and said in both spheres Interestingly Churchill was not particularly comfortable or very good at speaking for a radio audience The Dunkirk speech was enthusiastically recieved but his blood toil tears and sweat speech was not broadcast and his famous finest hour speech on June 18 fell a bit flat It was months later in printed form that those words began to circulate and reverberate in print with effects well beyond the British IslesOne new element that I don t believe Lukacs covers in the longer books is the material in chapter 3 on British public opinion compiled from the Mass Observation reports a huge undertaking in the very early days of opinion pollingAs always Lukacs regularly inserts into his narrative trenchant observations about the discipline of History and the practice of writing it This book is highly recommended for fans of Churchill fans of Lukacs or for students of rhetoric statesmanship or the Second World War Even if With Baited Breath (Warhammer 40,000) you are none of the aboveou might enjoy this book merely as a very dramatic true story about one of the most pivotal moments in history. Nd master storyteller John Lukacs recreates this pivotal moment in world history and reveals Churchill as he has rarely been seen before as a man both unsure of himself and deeply fearful of his nation’s defeat Churchill made no promises to his country in his speech because he knew he had none to make And et he rallied England onward in the face of a vicious enemy For Churchill and Churchill alone understood what was at stake the fate not only of nations but of civilization itself. ,
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AFTERWARD EARLY ON CHURCHILL RECOGNIZED THE Early on Churchill recognized the of Hitler s war machine and the strength of the German nation He also had a truly terrifying vision of a world plunged into darkness by the very possible Nazi victory in Europe The cold black science of Fascism would mean the end of civilization and Churchill knew that Britain was at the very beginning of a long hard struggle whose outcome was far from certain Dave Donelson author of Heart of Diamonds Whoever has tried to read one of Churchill s own accounts of either The World Crisis 1911 1918 or the Second World War knows that it is hard not to lose track of the action due to his fantastic capacity for remembering every tiny detail and giving it enough space to make a whole book of itThis study actually focuses on one tiny detail in Churchill s political career and with very good result Revolving solely around the probably most famous speech held in 1940 at one of the darkest moments in European history it shows Churchill in action and character in a way that the extensive studies and analyses fail to do Capturing a moment in time it gives structure to the man who did so much and over such a wide timespan that it is hard to grasp him A case study and a very readable introduction to Churchill Astute insightful enlightening A good summary of Churchill s speeches Do not expect any or almost any information that is not important for the context of those speeches I listened to the audiobook version Simply fantastic The actor reading was superb Blood Toil Tears and Sweat The Dire Warning covers some of the same ground that Lukacs has plowed in earlier and much longer books notably Five Days in London May 1940 and The Duel The Eighty Day Struggle Between Churchill and HitlerIn May 1940 Churchill had been proved right about Hitler after all and Parliament had reluctantly elected him Prime Minister of a national unity government Very few people were wholehearted supporters many in his own party distrusted him and did not expect him to last long in his new post In one of his shortest speeches ever he did what few politicians ever manage to do in words that still move us he delivered a dose of unfiltered bad news stated his aims and made no promises or guarantees as to the outcomeI have nothing to offer but blood toil tears and sweat We havebefore us an ordeal of the most greivous kind We have before us manymany long months of struggle and of su. “I have never believed in him” wrote one MP Another described Churchill as a “disaster” In fact Churchill lacked confidence both in himself and in his ability to lead his nation to victory for he recognized far earlier than most the military genius of Adolph Hitler and the potency of the German military “I hope it is not too late” Churchill had confided to his bodyguard on May 10 “I am very much afraid that it is” In Blood Toil Tears and Sweat the eminent historian ,
This was a uick and enjoyable read and a good overview of Churchill "S Character It S "character It s a thorough biography but a great portrait of the critical importance Churchill played in the early days of world war 2 If nothing else the reader comes away with a firm understanding of what an important role Churchill plays in the history of the world He didn t win the war against Hitler but he very importantly didn t loose it He was surrounded by people who were ready to capitulate to the Germans but he had the forsight to realize this would mean disaster Plus he has the most bad ass uotes of any English speaking politician in history I have nothing to give but blood toil tears and sweat and in the same speech You ask what is our policy I say it is to wage war by land sea and air War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime That is our policy You ask what is our aim I can answer in one word It is victory
Victory At All Costs Victoryat all costs Victory spite of all terrors Victory however long and hard the road may be for without victory there is no survival That s exactly what ou want to hear from our elected leaders in May of 1940 Great historical perspective on Churchill Enjoyable and concise examination of Churchill s first weeks at PM in 1940 It s a short of book for a very impressive speech Only words But what words Few men have used the English language with such grace and to such good ends as Winston Churchill John Lukacs focuses on the key phrase in Churchill s first speech before Parliament as Prime Minister
to provide some wonderful insights into both Churchill s thinking and the nation s stateprovide some wonderful insights into both Churchill s thinking and the nation s state mind as continental Europe crumbled before the onslaught of Hitler s armies and Britain began to realize it was the last lone defender of the free world Churchill s speech was little appreciated at the time In fact the man was himself Prime Minister almost by default Chamberlain was still the leader of the Conservative Party Halifax probably could have had the post had he really wanted it since he was the first choice of King George VI and it was only through Labour s insistence that they would not join a national government unless it was led by Churchill that the uestion was finally decided One of the many telling details Lukacs reveals is that Chamberlain was wildly applauded when he entered the House to hear Churchill speak on May 13 1940 Churchill s entrance was mostly ignoredThe speech was significant Lukacs says. On May 13 1940 Winston Churchill stood before the House of Commons to deliver his first speech as Prime Minister Europe was in crisis Three days earlier Germany had invaded France and the Low Countries Facing only feeble resistance Hitler’s armies were rapidly sweeping westward Accused of mishandling the war Neville Chamberlain’s government collapsed and Churchill was chosen to succeed him Churchill had little support within the new government when he rose to address it on May 13.