Hutchison's Pictorial History of the War, No. 1, Vol. 2

HISTORY of the WAR TEN WEEKS OF WAK Broadcast Address by the Rl. Hon. Winston Churchill, P.C., C.IT., First Lord of llie Admiralty Ox Sunday, 12th Novem­ber, Mr. Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, broadcast an address on the first ten weeks of the war in which he stated that important events had moved in favour of the Allies, whose powers to restore the life of the Polish, Czech, and Slovak nations had been growing everyday. The complete text o f Mr. Churchill’s spcech is as follows: I thought it would abe good thing for tome tell you to-night how well the war has turned for the Allies during the first ten weeks. It is quite plain that the power of the British Empire and the French Republic to restore and revive the life of the Polish and Czecho­slovak peoples, as well as to ado few other things which I will mention later, has been growing everyday. Peaceful parliamentary countries, which aim at free­dom for the individual and abundance for the mass, start with a heavy handicap against a dictatorship whose sole theme has been war, the preparation for war, and the grinding up of everything and everybody into their military machine. In our island particularly we are very easy-going in time of peace. We should like to share the blessings of peace with every nation and to goon enjoying them ourselves. It is only after many vain attempts to remain at peace that we have been at last forced togo to war. Wc tried again and again to prevent this war, and for the sake of peace we put up with a lot of things happening which ought not to have happened. But now wc are at war, and we arc going to make war, and persevere in making war until the other side have had enough of it. We are going to per­severe as far as we canto the best of our ability, which is not small and always growing. You know I have not always agreed with Mr. Chamberlain, though we have always been personal friends but he is a man of very tough fibre, and I can tell you that he is going to fight as obstinately for victory ashe did for peace. Can I say more ?You may take it absolutely for certain that cither all that Britain and France stand for in the modern world will go down, or that Hitler, the Nazi regime, and the recurring German or Prussian menace to Europe will be broken and destroyed. That is the way the matter lies, and everybody had better makeup their minds to that solid, sombre fact. Nowadays we arc assailed by a chorus of horrid threats. The Nazi Govern­ment exudes them through every neutral State. They give inside information of the frightful vengeance they are going to wreak upon us, and they also bawl it around the world by their leather-lunged propaganda machine. If words could kill we should be dead already. But my listeners are not disturbed by these blood­curdling threats. Indeed, we take themas a sign of weakness in our foes. Wc do not make threats in time of war. If at anytime we should have some ideas of an offensive charactcr we should not talk about them we should try to see how they outworked inaction. We do not at all underrate the power and malignity of our enemies. Wc are prepared to endure tribulation. But we made up our minds about all this ten weeks ago and everything that has happened since has made us feel that we were right then and are still right now. No one in the British Isles supposed this was going to abe short or easy war. Nothing has ever impressed some much as the calm, steady business-like resolution with which the masses of our wage-earning folk and ordinary people in our great citics faced what they imagined would abe fearful storm about to fall on them and their families at the very first moment. They all prepared themselves to have the worst happen to them at once, and they braccd themselves for the ordeal. They did not see what else there was to do. We have been agreeably surprised that ten weeks have been allotted HUTCHINSON’ PICTORIALS BEFORE THE MICRO PHONE Mr. C h u rc hill, who has hind the British camp aig non U-boats pressed 011 with the utmost v ig our, photo ­graphed during abroad cast.
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