Summary

Winston Churchill begins his speech “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” by stating that the British and French Armies that entered Belgium could have been saved by a retreat. However, they continued to help Belgium.

The Germans almost surrounded the British, Belgian, and French Armies, which had to retreat to Dunkirk and its beaches. Churchill feared that his speech would announce the greatest military disaster in Britain’s history, as it seemed that the French and the British would have been either killed or captured.

Churchill believes that the French and British Armies might have saved Belgium and Poland. However, the King of the Belgians surrendered to the Germans, exposing the British flanks.

He informs the audience that the troops at Dunkirk were attacked by the Germans. The Royal Navy, with the help of merchant seamen, embarked t...

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