The Influence Of Winston Churchill's We Shall Fight Them On The Beaches

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On the 4th June 1940, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill, delivered a speech before the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Winston Churchill speech “We Shall Fight Them on The Beaches” is debatably one of the most inspirational speeches given by a leader in World War II. The speech itself mostly is an update for the parliament on how the warfront is taking place in regards to all facets of England’s armed forces. As most primary sources, this speech provides an insight into its historical, cultural and social context. This response will consider the context, content and significance of this speech, as well as the problems that it poses as a primary source to historians. Winston Churchill presented the “We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches” speech on June 4th 1940 shortly after becoming the prime minister of England. His main objective was to attempt to find the balance the country needed at that particular time. As all this suggests, “Churchill was anxious to get the transition from wartime over and…show more content…
This particular speech was presented to the House of Commons, and not in public. Hence, not many citizens would have heard the speech. “We Shall Fight Them on The Beaches” by Winston Churchill is delivered in a very different context than any speeches delivered by leaders at that time. In contrast, Adolf Hitler projected his speeches with plenty of emotional attachment to the entire public in order to persuade society to join the cause. The majority of this speech by Churchill was spent providing an analysis of the battle and informing the House of Commons about the “war effort in Dunkirk and how the German forces had pushed them back” . The speech was presented for the sole purpose of counteracting the forces of Germany and ultimately winning the

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