"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." Perhaps one of the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's most famous speeches was delivered today, Aug 20, in 1940.
Known as "The Few", Prime Minister Winston Churchill's wartime speech is quite possibly one of the most famous in history, no doubt one of the most well-known of World War II.
On Aug 20, 1940, Church addressed the House of Commons referring to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force crews who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle with the German Luftwaffe, as Britain was expecting an invasion. Since this famous speech, the British Royal Air Force pilots who fought in the battle have been known as "The Few".
Here is the full audio of Winston Churchill's speech:
Here is the famous extract from "The Few", Churchill's speech to The House of Commons, on August 20, 1940:
"The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and b~ their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. All hearts go out to the fighter pilots, whose brilliant actions we see with our own eyes day after day; but we must never forget that all the time, night after night, month after month, our bomber squadrons travel far into Germany, find their targets in the darkness by the highest navigational skill, aim their attacks, often under the heaviest fire, often with serious loss, with deliberate careful discrimination, and inflict shattering blows upon the whole of the technical and war-making structure of the Nazi power. On no part of the Royal Air Force does the weight of the war fall more heavily than on the daylight bombers, who will play an invaluable part in the case of invasion and whose unflinching zeal it has been necessary in the meanwhile on numerous occasions to restrain."