77 Years Ago Today, Churchill Gave Defiant “We Shall Fight” Speech

Great Britain finds itself the victim of the third major terrorist attack in three months. Westminster. Manchester.

And now London Bridge. Exactly 77 years ago today, the United Kingdom – through a series of miracles – had just escaped total defeat at the hands of the Nazis at Dunkirk. Winston Churchill’s speech in front of Parliament on June 4, 1940, (called the “Finest Hour” speech or, colloquially, the “We Shall Fight On The Beaches” speech) is widely considered among the best examples of stirring defiant prose in the history of the English language — and indeed is among the best & most consequential speeches in the history of the world. And his words still hold true today, as his great country finds itself under assault from a new jihadist enemy.