Winston Churchill delivered a speech to the House of Commons on June 18, 1940. The speech is titled “Their Finest Hour”. This speech was given only a month into his term as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Battle of France. It was 23 pages long and lasted 36 minutes all written by him (Burns, 2010). During this speech, he reignited hope into the faintest of hearts of the people of Europe. His goal was rallying the troops in a war-torn Britain when they appeared to be losing World War II. Winston Churchill was a distinguished man and had earned the respect of the people. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1955. After graduating from the British Royal Military College, he joined the military and had a successful career. After his military career, he got into politics and was elected to…show more content… This was a dire time for the people and he stood strong in front of them to set an example. He wanted to give them strength to continue to fight. Churchill said that the Battle of France is over but the Battle of Britain is just beginning (Halsall, 1998). A short time later the Battle of Britain began. However, Germany eventually lost that battle which delayed the invasion of Britain.
Germany was in control of most of Europe but Britain had not been taken over yet. Hitler later realized he would have to take over Britain by forces in the air so he launched a major air attack. The Britain’s acquired support from the Soviets so Hitler initiated an invasion of the Soviet Union. However, the Soviet counterattack stopped the Germans. Hitler also declared war on the United States at this time. This eventually lead to the turning point because it created alliances. Britain, the United States, and the Soviet agreed to fight until the other side surrendered. In 1943, the tide had turned for Germany (Duiker & Spielvogel,