June 4th, 2014


We Shall Never Surrender

Seventy years today since Churchill made his famous ‘We shall fight on the beaches’ speech. Listening to it, tears come into my eyes every time he gets to ‘we shall never surrender.’ The speech was made in the House of Commons.

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,

What of the myth that when the speech was broadcast, it was read by Norman Shelley? Robert Rhodes James said it was just that, a myth. I’m more convinced by Rhodes James, a reputable historian, than by David Irving.