The cause is far from lost: Norwegians, Czechs, Poles, Dutch, and Belgians have joined the effort as well. As the Prime Minister concludes his peroration, he says, “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’” (8).
The speech was effective in both summarizing the recent events in France, describing on what ground Britain stands upon proceeding into the war, and instilling hope and a defensive pugnacity into the heads and hearts of British citizens. Churchill often draws comparison between the current situation and the situation during the Great War. This is a very effective measure. By doing so, Churchill asserts that the British Empire has defeated this enemy once, and will do so once more.
As we know, the British held out for the duration of the war until victory was won. Winston Churchill is often considered as one of the best wartime statesmen in history. His speeches in both the House and on the BBC airwaves are as memorable as they were effective. Churchill delivered “Their Finest Hour” with the goal of inspiring a nation, it would be absurd to deny that he succeeded