I found a nearly mint set of three RCA Victor records at the Erie City Mission titled "Douglas MacArthur's Report to Congress." Also in the sleeve was a fourth record titled “The War Speeches of Winston S. Churchill.” All are in very good condition. The set cost me $2.67 – what a deal! I decided to make a video of a few of the more famous speech excerpts. This is Sir Winston Churchill's "…this was their finest hour" speech. Narration is by Life magazine's Norman P. Ross. The phonograph shown here is a Pyle Classic Turntable; it seems apt for playing these records. Enjoy.
Winston Churchill's "This Was Their Finest Hour" Speech
"What General Weygand has called the Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be freed and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.
But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. 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.'"
Posted March 11, 2012