星期一, 10月 01, 2018

奮戰到底-邱吉爾著名演說(#16/28)

這是邱吉爾就任首相第廿五天所發表的演講。他在就職首相當天,納粹德國對西歐發動戰爭,祗花十天就席捲整個西歐,也把英法聯軍四十萬軍團包圍在比法邊境的佛蘭德地區。後來「敦克爾克戰役」其實是一場大徹退。

We shall Fight On The Beaches  Jun 4, 
1940Winston Churchill

I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves, once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.
    At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of Hs Majesty`s  Government——-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation.
    The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in there need, will defend to the death their anti 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 defend out 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 to for a moment believe, this Island for a large par of it were subjugated and staring, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in Gods good time, the New World, with all is power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

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