Hutchinson's Pictorial History of the War, Series 15 No 1

HUTCHINSON’S PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE WAR DEMOCRACY’S CHAMPIONS Mr. Winston Churchill and Mr. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the two great leaders of democracy’s cause, meet in Washington. sure, well-grounded confidence in the final outcome. We in Britain had the same feeling in our darkest days. We, too, were insure the end all would be well. You do not underrate the severity o f the ordeal to which you and we have still to be subjected. The forces ranged against us are enormous. They are bitter, they are ruthless. The wicked men and their factions who hav_* launched their peoples on the path o f war and conquest know that they will be called to terrible account if they cannot downbeat by force o farms the people they have assailed. They will stick at nothing. They have avast accumulation o f war weapons o fall kinds. They have highly trained, disciplined armies, navies, and air services. They have plans and designs which have long been tried and matured. They will stop at nothing that violence or treachery can suggest. It is quite true that, on our side, our own resources in man-power and materials are far greater than theirs. But only a portion o four resources areas yet mobilised and developed, and we both o f us have much to learn in the cruel art o f war. We have, therefore, without doubt, a time o f tribulation before us. In this same sometime ground will be lost which will be hard and costly to regain. Many disappointments and unpleasant sur­prises await us. Many o f them will alllict us before the full m arshalling ol our latent and total power can be accomplished. During the best pari ol 20 years the youth o f Britain and America have been taught that war is evil, which is true, and that it would never come again, which has been proved false. For the best part of 20 years the youth of Japan and Italy had been taught that aggressive war was the noblest duty o f the citizen, and that it should be begun as soon as the necessary weapons and organisation had been made. We had performed the duties and tasks of peace. They have plotted and planned for war. This, naturally, has placed us in Britain, and now placed you in the United States, at a disadvantage, which only time, courage, and enduring exertions can correct. We have indeed to be thankful that so much time has been granted to us. I f Germany had tried to invade the British Isles after the French collapse in June, 1940, and ifja pan had declared w aron the British Empire and the United States at about the same date, no one could say what disasters and agonies micjht not have been our 2l lot. But now at the end o f December, 1941, oui transformation from easy-going peace to total war efficiency has made very great progress. The broad How o f munitions in Great Britain has already begun. Immense strides have been made in the conversion of American industry to military purposes, and now that the United States is at war it is possible for orders to be given everyday which in a year or 18 months hence will pro­duce results in war power beyond anything that has been seen or foreseen in the dictator States. Provided that every effort is made, that nothing is kept back o f the whole man-power, brain-power, virility, valour, and civic fortitude o f the English-speaking world with all its galaxy of loyal, friendly, associated communities and States— provided that is bent unremittingly to the simple and supreme task— I think it would be reasonable to hope that the end of 1942 will see us quite indefinitely abetter position than we are now, and that the year 1943 will enable us to assume the initiative upon an ample scale. Some people maybe momentarily depressed when, like your President, I speak o f along and hard war. But our peoples would rather know the truth, sombre though it be. And, after all, when we are doing the noblest work in the world, not only defending our hearths and homes but the cause o f freedom in other lands, the question o f whether deliverance incomes 1942,1943, or 1944 falls into its proper place in the t^rand proportions o f human history. Sure I am that this day— now— we are masters ol our fate that the task which has been set us is not above our strength that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our cause and an unconquerable will-power, salvation will not be denied us. In the words o f the Psalmist, “He shall not be afraid o f evil tidings his heart is fixed, intrusting the Lord .”And all the tidings will not be evil. O then contrary, mighty strokes o f war have already been dealt against the enemy by the glorious defence o f their native soil by the Russian armies and people, wounds have been inflicted upon the Nazi tyranny and system which have bitten deep, and will fester and inflame not only in the Nazi body but in the Nazi mind. The boastful Mussolini has crumbled already. He is now abut lackey and serf, the merest utensil o f his master’s will, lie has inflicted great sufferings and wrongs upon his MACHINE-TOOL WIZARD An American machine-tool finishing, in 24 minutes, a housing for a super-charger. The 45 operations involved once took eight machines four hours to perform.
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