Winston Churchill
Churchill’s ‘Finest Hour’ Speech

Winston Churchill delivered his “This Was Their Finest Hour” speech to the to the House of Commons in the United Kingdom on  June 18, 1940 during World War II’s Battle of France when Germans had successfully invaded France and British and French forces were in retreat to the sea. In the peroration, Churchill justifies England’s alliance with France and continued fighting in the war for the purpose of protecting values important to the United Kingdom such as freedom and maintaining a Christian civilization: “But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.”

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