Winston Churchill Speech – We shall fight them on the beaches

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outline of churchill against Big BenWinston Churchill’s speech ‘we shall fight them on the beaches’ is one of the defining speeches during the second world war. It uses the technique of repetition to very good effect.

We also have a transcript of Winston Churchill’s Blood Sweat and Tears speech

4 June 1940

“I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.

At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty’s Government-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation.

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.”

We also have a transcript of Winston Churchill’s Blood Sweat and Tears speech

Urban myth: Interesting to note that Churchill never said “We shall fight them on the beaches”. If you look at the text above it says “we shall fight on the beaches”.


9 May 2010

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Comments on: Winston Churchill Speech – We shall fight them on the beaches

They don’t make em like old Winnie any longer.

Posted by kenny komodo — 3 Sep @ 4:57 am

The world today, and its weak and highly corruptible so-called leaders, could only marvel at such INTEGRITY. They are bankrupt when it comes to doing GOOD! And if necessary,MUST be forced to do the right thing.

Posted by Gasoleen — 16 Sep @ 8:11 pm

If Churchill could se what Britain has become he would be turning in his grave.

Posted by Haz — 29 Nov @ 5:51 pm

this speach is so touching it made me feel sogreatful that our contery is soo strong. god bless the UK

Posted by sarah-lou — 6 Dec @ 8:59 pm

Just proves that whoever we are and what race we come from we should fight for OUR country and protect it like we protect our family and home!

Posted by Amy — 22 Dec @ 3:14 pm

This is always misquoted. Even the heading on this page gets it wrong despite the correct part being below on the same page.

Posted by Churchill's Biggest Fan — 27 Jan @ 12:45 pm

I’m writing a family history book about my ancestors, and even though they were Norweigian, Winston’s speech is so inspiring I’m going to include it in my 1940′s decade.

Posted by Patricia Ehlers — 7 Feb @ 9:23 pm

Really inspiring.A nation needs legendary leader like Winston churchill to inpire n lead the people.

Posted by Rajit Kemprai — 9 Feb @ 8:50 am

This speech is very good it shows how the British would never give up no matter what was going to happen. It also shows how they were already planning D-day on June 6th, 1944

Posted by Chris Kennedy — 23 Feb @ 2:19 pm

At the start of the millenium the BBC polled the British Public who they thought was the greatest Britain ever and Winston won it. Although I thought (and think) Oliver Cromwell is the greatest Briton the overall credibility of the survey is diminished by Diana Princess of Wales coming 3rd

Posted by G W P — 13 Mar @ 11:05 pm

This speech is good. I look up to Churchill. He never gave up in the Battle of Brittan. Even when the RAF was at it’s breaking point. He fought on till he could win control of the air.

Posted by Not telling — 22 Apr @ 5:37 pm

I was born in March 1945 and named after Churchill (and Dwight DAVID Eisenhower). Churchill’s speech celebrates the incomprehensible depth of the human spirit.

Posted by David Winston Caldwell — 2 Jun @ 6:20 pm

I listened to that speech over the radio in 1940 and although only fourteen then it inspired me and still brings a tear to the eye 70 years later. There is in my mind the thought that Churchill saved the world from the horrors of Hitlers horrors.

Posted by Hugh Putt — 18 Jun @ 2:19 am

Truly an inspiration can only be compared with jfk the two leaders this world will never have

Posted by Jean wafula — 27 Aug @ 7:09 am

if it wasn’t for Mr.Churchill WWII would have been a lot bloodier and more costly and more inhuman thank you Mr.Churchill for helping to kill that BLOODY BASTARD Hitler now lets all take a moment to praise Winston Churchill……WInston Churhill

Posted by bobby jackson — 24 Sep @ 11:51 pm

thats is now my homework done coppy and paste

Posted by archie — 17 Oct @ 8:40 pm

@archie, I’m sure your teacher wouldn’t realise that the homework you handed in was one of the most famous speeches of all time and not actually your own work. No way. Anyway, this speech is so inspirational, if only he could see what the leaders are like now….

Posted by Never You Mind — 18 Nov @ 5:59 pm

Dear everybody,
I am just wondering to whom this speech was leaded to? Because it is said that it was to the House of Commons but also to the population on the BBC radio. I would like to know if it has been first to the House of Common and then, a few days later, to the British people through radio. Am I right?
Thank you for your help.

Posted by flore — 22 Nov @ 5:19 pm

yep its a very good speech, im using it for my home work

Posted by Anonymous — 1 Dec @ 11:36 pm

Using this speach for a ww2 fact file that I need to do x

Posted by caitlin — 10 Dec @ 5:18 pm

i feel strongly about the famous churchhills PICS!
I FEEL MEH FELLAs pics dont include the famous….



Posted by skin ED — 7 Mar @ 4:22 pm

this is such a insperational speech

Posted by Anonymous — 11 Mar @ 2:03 am

Churchill was the perfect leader during WW11.
A tenacious focused PM who not only inspired and led
his people but via his friendship with
Roosevelt inspired the essential Lend Lease that was
Necessary for Britain’s survival
Nobody could have done it better
The Man of the century.

Posted by David — 17 Mar @ 8:28 am

Winston demonstrated well how powerful words can be compared to bows and arrows…….i wish i would just sit down and listen him talking over and over,he is truly a legend and i look upto him!!!

Posted by Dan rutto — 21 Mar @ 1:22 pm

As an American of a partially British decent I have a certain kindred feeling towards Britain and as a History major mainly studying the 20th century their is no greater man to study than Winston Churchill. His tenacity and Never surrender attitude are the reason the whole of Europe was not run over by the Germans.

Posted by Ethan — 26 Mar @ 6:56 pm

Wow I’ve just read this speech,and nearly came to tears. I tried to emagine what the people Of Britain must have been going through at that time,and to have someone to be able to stand up during those days,and deliver a speech like that is truly a blessing. What a brave,and powerful speaker. The world definately could use another Winston Churchill

Posted by Steven(LANDO) — 7 Apr @ 6:14 pm

Winston demonstrated how powerful a speech can be. He is amazing to look up to and has changed the lives of many and has a great influence on all.

Posted by Danickia Jane Campbell — 9 Apr @ 2:54 am

Winston is one of the two greatest leaders of all time. The other one is JFK. Truly amazing.

Posted by Danickia Jane Campbell — 9 Apr @ 3:00 am

I live in austraila and I’m happy that we don’t have to fight for everything we get . god love AU.

Posted by silly lilly — 19 Apr @ 7:38 am

rhetorical terms used?

Posted by Anonymous — 24 Apr @ 5:48 pm

Please never type WWII as WW11. Only up to a second world war no need for an 11th.

Posted by Anonymous — 4 Aug @ 12:06 pm

good good

Posted by bob boberson — 11 Sep @ 2:39 am

marvellous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xD

Posted by patrick patterson — 11 Sep @ 2:41 am

must read…

Posted by jerry — 21 Sep @ 4:22 pm


Posted by rebecca holly — 24 Nov @ 12:53 pm

Iron maiden used this speech

Posted by Anonymous — 8 Dec @ 3:26 pm

Some of us who were not born then only hear about these leaders. We marvel at their courage, determination, integrity and intelligence. Times have changed, but if we ever had Sir Winston Churchchill with us today, I am sure he would have been the leader the world had then. Not only Great Britan but the world should honor such a illustrious individual.

Posted by Jude J. Soares — 22 Dec @ 7:40 am

Churchill gave the speech to the HoC, portions were read over the radio in the following days. The speech that we now hear in Churchill’s voice was actually recorded for posterity in 1949, 9 years after the actual HoC speech. A great motivating speech from a great man. Marshall, Tx, USA

Posted by Marshall — 3 Mar @ 4:22 am

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

Posted by Dan — 8 Mar @ 1:53 pm

Inspiration is the key to success whatever the task ahead. Geat speech that led to victory. But please note, Churchill invoked the name of God as the Mighty power where victory will come from.Who can win against an army that has intertwined its willwith that of the almighty?

Posted by Jason Mosomi — 24 Apr @ 8:30 am

It’s definitely a large part of history

Posted by Eddy — 26 Apr @ 7:27 pm

Just wrote a 2 and half page essay on it, took like 2 and a half hours.

I think this page should mention it only displays a portion of the speech.

Posted by Eddy — 27 Apr @ 11:58 pm

It’s interesting. He’s a gifted orator. This “new world” refers to USA. He repeat the phrase “we shall fight “over and over to emphasise the listener and make them to fight.

Posted by pooja — 30 May @ 7:44 am

According to a BBC documentary this only was spoken in the House of Commons, it never went on Air. Winston Churchill recorded it in his bedroom in 1949 along with other speeches.

It doesn’t detract from how brilliant it is though.

Posted by Martin — 5 Jun @ 10:33 am


Posted by AJIT JENA — 20 Jun @ 3:48 pm

I have read that Churchill did not say fight “them” but does it matter, it was a most inspiring speech.

Posted by Peter Hulme — 2 Oct @ 1:23 pm

cheers for the homework help :’)

Posted by Anonymous — 19 Oct @ 2:43 pm

that speech is great

Posted by noah pollock — 20 Oct @ 3:53 am

“The New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old”

The new world is the United States. I think Churchill knew the potential of the USA had.

Posted by Anonymous — 15 Nov @ 8:44 am

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