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Reprise> Yousuf Karsh: Prime Minister Winston Churchill, 1941

2010/10/04

We shall never surrender.

[…]  The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.”  –  Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Address to Parliament, BBC recording, 4 June 1940.

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Yousuf Karsh lived from 1908 until 2002.  He left us with this striking image of the character of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, at the height of the war for Britain’s survival in 1941.  It is as indelible as an El Greco portrait.

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Yousuf Karsh: Prime Minister Winston Churchill, 1941

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“[. . .] until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.” Dear Mother Britain: This Liberty we hold precious is, after all, a Gift to us born on your soil.  You have the Right – nay, the Duty to grasp it and make it again yours.

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With thanks to Steven Terjeson and to Karsh.org and to ‘Skip’ Parks, USN (retired)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/10/04 04:49

    Winston Churchill was a very, very great man

  2. 2010/10/04 08:55

    Amen, RR. Thanks for dropping by.

    Reminds me of Thatcher… she was no Churchill. Palin, too, is no Reagan, and neither shall she be Thatcher or Churchill. Rather great leaders tend to define themselves rather than simply mimic another. I think Palin has the potential.

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