Skip to content

“We Shall Fight on the Beaches”: Wise Words in 1940 and 2021

Winston Churchill’s “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” Speech:

“Turning once again, and this time more generally, to the question of invasion, I would observe that there has never been a period in all these long centuries of which we boast when an absolute guarantee against invasion, still less against serious raids, could have been given to our people. In the days of Napoleon, of which I was speaking just now, the same wind which would have carried his transports across the Channel might have driven away the blockading fleet. There was always the chance, and it is that chance which has excited and befooled the imaginations of many Continental tyrants. Many are the tales that are told. We are assured that novel methods will be adopted, and when we see the originality of malice, the ingenuity of aggression, which our enemy displays, we may certainly prepare ourselves for every kind of novel stratagem and every kind of brutal and treacherous manœuvre. I think that no idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered and viewed with a searching, but at the same time, I hope, with a steady eye. We must never forget the solid assurances of sea power and those which belong to air power if it can be locally exercised.

Sir, I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty’s Government – every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation. The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.

Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. 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, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.” -Winston Churchill’s “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” Speech to Parliament

Watch the “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” Speech here:

That Speech Was Crucial in 1940 and Should Be in the Mind of Every Conservative Today

When Churchill gave his famous “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech to Parliament, England was facing its darkest hour. Its Army, although rescued from Dunkirk, had been thoroughly beaten in France, almost all of Europe had fallen to fascism or communism, and invasion of the British Isles appeared imminent.

So, in the face of those fearful odds, what did Churchill do? Did he negotiate and try to compromise with evil, taking the easy way out? No. He stood and fought.

“He,” in the words of journalist Edward R. Murrow, “mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”

When the times that try men’s souls became the present, Churchill inspired his countrymen to fight the Nazi menace, whatever the cost.

Thanks to him, as I wrote in my review of The Last Lion, liberty was preserved and the menace of socialist, fascistic tyranny was beaten back and ultimately destroyed.

Will the Red Wave come crashing down on the Democrat's heads in November?(Required)
This poll gives you free access to our premium politics newsletter. Unsubscribe at any time.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

That only happened because, inspired by Churchill’s “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech, the citizens of the Empire rediscovered their will to fight, even if that meant fighting to the bitter end. Or, as put by Churchill, “If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground.”

we shall fight on the beaches choking in our own blood
From: AZ Quotes

Times are not so different for conservatives today. These might be the darkest days since the Civil War for those of us that truly love America.

A socialist regime is now set to control every branch of government other than the judiciary (unless they pack the courts). That regime seems intent on destroying traditional America and wiping away everything that made our country great.

It is in power not because America quickly transitioned from a center-right nation to a far-left, socialist nation, but because the radical socialists working for Biden cheated. Non-citizens voted, Dominion changed votes, brazen cheating took place in swing states, and the results are, on the whole, suspicious. And now, after the fight in Georgia, they stole the Senate by the same means.

Have Republican politicians stepped up to the plate to fight? Some have. Senator Hawley should be commended for inspiring a few Senate Republicans to step up to the plate.

But, other than those few brave souls and their colleagues in the House, few Republicans are doing anything about this. Those cowards deserted Trump yet again, Lindsey Graham being a prime example. With “friends” like them, who needs enemies?

Their attitude is that fighting it out isn’t worth it because victory doesn’t appear likely and the fight, an extension of the culture war, will likely be highly contentious. They don’t want to do the hard thing and fight back.

Like Chamberlain and Halifax at the time of Churchill’s “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech, they’d rather go silently into the night than rage and fight till their dying breath.

Even though giving up now might mean the addition of more states to our union, confiscatory taxes, a packing of the judiciary, and disastrous foreign policy, they’d rather give in than fight. They’d rather allow the destruction of America than stand up for conservatism, the platform they ostensibly ran on!

That’s exactly the wrong attitude to have. When Churchill gave this speech, all hope appeared lost. Victory appeared, at first, unlikely, if not impossible. Fighting on would be expensive, their foe was brutal and willing to do anything to win, and few politicians were willing to stand and fight.

But Churchill was. He stood up to the devil and the devil backed down. If you are a conservative be like him. Read this “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech over and over again. Listen to it and let it inspire you. Get ready to fight as the British fought even if you feel alone and the fight seems hopeless.

Appeasement never works, it only takes you farther down the path of surrender until you are unable to fight. So fight them on the beaches. Be a man.

Finally, I would like you to read a quotation from Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome. I will discuss the quotation in depth in due time, but for now, just read it and know that it is what inspired Churchill to give his “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” speech and is something that might inspire you to fight the good fight despite fearful odds:

“Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods”

By: Gen Z Conservative

Note: “Fighting” and “fight” in this article obviously are not intended to mean commit acts of violence against the other side. Political violence, as I have said time and time again, is reprehensible and should never even be considered. By “fight,” I mean to preserve your spirit of resistance against the left, be willing to primary the appeasers, and always be open to arguments and debates that present conservative views effectively. I’m sure every reader understood that, but so nothing is misunderstood by Media Matters and their ilk, I thought it appropriate to include this note.

Image at top from: AZ Quotes