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"Their Finest Hour", 18 Jun 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/140A/32-55

Scope and Contents

Notes for WSC's speech (18 June) entitled "Their Finest Hour" on subjects including: fighting in France; the importance of unity and respect for government Ministers; preparations, defence and forces for fighting invasion by Germany, the strength of the Royal Navy; the campaign in Norway; forecasting the Battle of Britain and the determination of the RAF; support from the Dominions. He ends "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour'."Typescript with some manuscript annotations in ink in red and black ink by WSC laid out in "psalm style".


  • Creation: 18 Jun 1940

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Copyright: WSC and Crown


24 folio(s)

Language of Materials



Complete Speeches VI pp 6231-8


Repository Details

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