Churchill’s ‘never have so many..’ iconic speech to highlight Battle of Britain’s 70th anniversaryAugust 20th, 2010 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 20 (ANI): The 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be marked by the reading of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s famous “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” speech that he delivered in Parliament on August 20, 1940, and by a fly-past of Spitfires, and Hurricanes.
The speech is considered a defining moment in the conflict and one of Churchill’s most emotive and stirring pronouncements,” the BBC reports.
“In this speech, Churchill epitomised his ability to capture in the most stirring way the spirit of a nation fighting for its existence, as Britain stood firm against the Nazi war machine,” Phil Reed, Director of Churchill War Rooms, said.
“Now, part of the general folklore of the battle, the speech is today considered a defining moment of the conflict and one of Churchill’s most emotive and stirring pronouncements,” he added.
The Battle of Britain began on July 10, 1940 and ended on October 31 of the same year, and despite the German advantage, the Luftwaffe (air force) was pushed back with the determination by the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Over 2,900 British, Commonwealth and Allied aircrew took part in the battle. One in three men who flew during the battle was killed or wounded, BBC reports.
The speech reading and fly-past over Whitehall would, reportedly be attended by battle veterans.
In addition to the fly-past on Friday, the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster planes would also tour key Battle of Britain fighter bases across the south-east of England. (ANI)
- Prince William's RAF colleagues given role at royal wedding - Apr 02, 2011
- Hitler's bomber turns up in a Somerset home garden - Jul 20, 2011
- Intimate exchange that led to 2 royal kisses at Palace's balcony revealed - May 01, 2011
- Superior US fuel helped UK win Battle of Britain, says researcher - May 13, 2009
- Brit man builds life-size Spitfire in his back garden - Sep 11, 2010
- Did the Battle of Britain begin over Orkney? - Jul 11, 2010
- Spitfire designer's family angry over school renaming - Feb 27, 2011
- Former PM Winston Churchill makes it to UK pop charts - Oct 04, 2010
- Churchill becomes first ever British PM to enter UK pop charts - Oct 03, 2010
- After restoration, Spitfire to fly again - Jul 25, 2010
- MI5 file reveals German WWII plan to invade Britain - Aug 26, 2010
- Buried British planes in Myanmar may fly again - Apr 14, 2012
- World War II Indian-RAF flying ace Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji dies - Sep 24, 2010
- Anuj Bidve's killer jailed for life - Jul 27, 2012
- BBC World Service leaves Bush House - Jul 12, 2012
Tags: 70th anniversary, aircrew, battle of britain, battle of britain fighter, bbc reports, british commonwealth, defining moment, former prime minister, human conflict, luftwaffe, nazi war machine, phil reed, pronouncements, speech reading, spirit of a nation, spitfire, spitfires, war rooms, whitehall, winston churchill