Friday, June 18, 2010

Pop History Moment: Churchill's "Finest Hour"

On this day in 1940 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave his famous speech - known as Their Finest Hour - in the House of Commons at Westminster; the third of three speeches* Churchill delivered in response to the Battle of France following the invasion of that country by the Nazi horde, it was designed to galvanize support for England in the battle to come, a battle aptly named by him herein as the Battle of Britain.

*The first was Blood, toil, tears, and sweat delivered on May 13th shortly after his election as Prime Minister, and the second We shall fight them on the beaches from June 4th following Operation Dynamo - which is now better known as the evacuation of Dunkirk.

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