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#218 - Winston Churchill

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“What fools the Japanese ruling caste were to bring against themselves the mighty, latent war-energies of the great Republic”

Lengthy typed working manuscript, unsigned, 24 lightweight carbon pages, 7.5 x 9.5, no date but circa March 1944. Manuscript draft of an important speech given by Prime Minister Churchill in London on March 26, 1944, comprising pages 1–3 and 10–30. Ten pages have pencil edits and strikethroughs, presumably in his secretary’s hand. In part: “I hope you will not imagine that I am going to try to make you some extraordinary pronouncement tonight and tell you exactly how all the problems of mankind in war and peace are going to be solved…We shall require from our people here, from Parliament, from the Press, from all classes, the same cool, strong nerves, the same toughness of fibre which stood us in good in the days when we were all alone under the blitz.

Mussolini indeed escaped to eat the bread of affliction at Hitler’s table, to shoot his son-in-law, and to help the Germans wreak vengeance upon the Italian masses whom he had professed to love and over whom he had ruled for more than 20 years…This fate and judgment more terrible than death has overtaken the vainglorious dictator who stabbed France in the back and thought that his crime had gained him the empire of the Mediterranean…

The American victories in the Pacific and in particular their latest conquest and liberation of the Marshall Islands, constitute superb examples of the combination of naval, air and military force. It is possible that the war in the Pacific may progress more rapidly than was formerly thought possible. The Japanese are showing signs of great weakness…

They have been prudent, considering the immense expansion of the United States naval power since the Japanese treacherous assault on Pearl Harbor. What fools the Japanese ruling caste were to bring against themselves the mighty, latent war-energies of the great Republic for the sake of carrying out a base and squalid ambuscade…

When I spoke a year ago I drew attention to the possibility that there would be a prolonged interval between the collapse of Hitler and the downfall of Japan. I still think there will be an interval, but I do not consider it will necessarily be as long an interval as I thought a year ago. But be it long or be it short, we shall go through with our American brothers with our utmost strength and to the very end…

We may ourselves be the object of new forms of attack from the enemy. Britain can take it. She has never flinched or failed. And when the signal is given, the whole circle of avenging nations will hurl themselves upon the foe and batter out the life of the cruelest tyranny which has ever sought to bar the progress of mankind.” Expected overall creases and small tears, otherwise fine condition. From the collection of Churchill’s secretary, Kathleen Hill.

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