The Day Britain Won the War

The day the war ended:

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. – Winston Churchill, House of Commons, June 4, 1940.

On that day, Britain had already won World War 2. All the rest, the five frothing, grisly years hence, was was merely filling in the morbid blanks, bloody frosting on a victory cake baked five long years heretofore.

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  1. With that speech, Churchill showed that he and the British people were willing to do anything, pay any price, fight anywhere at anyplace or anytime, to win that war. In that sense, I mean that the war was already over at that point. It was a complicated post, and I am making a complex statement here. If you think about what I am saying, it might make more sense.

    1. With that speech, that showed that Britain was destined to defeat its enemies and be part of the coalition that would win the war.
      That was what I was trying to say. Sort of a complicated idea though.

  2. Three bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, one failed to go off, which was subsequently recovered by the Soviet Union which helped them enormously. Source : The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England.

  3. After the war we were bankrupt due to the Germans and the lend lease price and interest over nearly 60 years we had to pay, it was only just finally settled in 2003 ( many billions agreed between Tony and George )

  4. “due to the Germans”… Thats a half-truth. Churchill and his friends wanted this war, same as they liked to help enrolling the first.
    They were no lovely boys drinking tea contemplating how they can free the people of europe. Churchill was a war criminal like the others. But only Germany had their ‘Nürnberger Prozesse’, which were just a biased trial.

  5. You give Churchill far too much credit. He had sworn to his people Britain would not lose the Empire in any part by fighting in the war. It did. It should have partly accommodated Hitler according to even the peace party-left’s wishes, and it would have kept it. Not that Hitler should have been the Anglophile he was.
    Read Churchill’s War. David Irving.

    1. Surely even partly accommodating Hitler couldn’t have had a downside. Then again, Mr. Irving isn’t known for seeing things conventionally to put it mildly.

  6. Cheers Robert! I believe JackiLB was spot on with her comment that the Brits didn’t win the war on their own, which, despite it’s deceptive obviousness masks a deeper truth that far too many interested parties, at least in the west, are happy to ignore, to wit: without the Russians bleeding the Germans white on the eastern front the western allies would never have made their way back onto the mainland of Europe. Cheers!

    1. Maurice, I have always said that, the Americans seem to take the credit far too much for winning the war, but as you say, without the Russians, it probably would have ended with a different result.

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