This is written in response to and inspired by EE’s post. I was trying to link the audio of the quote that he referenced in his post. But looking for it and thinking of some of his other speeches, I thought that Winston Churchill deserved the dignity of his own diary. Like him, we shall fight our enemy everywhere:
The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.
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 even 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.
America was part of the ‘New World’ in Churchill’s famous speech. Then, like now, we were the hope of the free world. But now, it is the ‘New World’ that is besieged by a hostile enemy. In this fight, there will be no new world to save us, only the old guard. You know who you are. Fight: