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"Every man to his post", 11 Sep 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/176A/37-41

Scope and Contents

Draft speaking notes for WSC's broadcast (BBC) on subjects including: the night bombing of London; the Battle of Britain and the successes of British fighter squadrons; the possibility of invasion and German deployment of barges, ships and troops in readiness; a call for every man and woman to do his duty; and the strength of British fleets and flotillas, air power, fortification and the million and a half men of the Home Guard. Includes the phrase "This wicked man [Adolf Hitler]...this monstrous product of former wrongs and shame...[has] lighted a fire which will burn...until the last vestiges of Nazi tyranny have been burnt out of Europe." Typescript on 10, Downing Street headed paper annotated with changes by WSC in blue-black ink.


  • Creation: 11 Sep 1940

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Copyright: Churchill Family and Crown


5 folio(s)

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Related Materials

Final copy of speaking notes for this broadcast at CHAR 9/144/61-67.


Complete Speeches VI, pp 6275-7


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