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    Allied heads hear stirring speech by Premier Winston Churchill at historic St James' Palace meeting, and are greeted by the King.

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    ENGLAND: London; St. James's Palace

    GV of St. James's Palace. LV Delegates inside room in Palace. SV Eden, Attlee and Churchill talking. SV Doctor Gerbrandy, Netherlands, talking to another delegate. LV Delegates sitting down at table. CU M. Zaleski, Poland. CU General Sikorski of Poland. SV Winston speaking pan down and along table. SV Winston speaking GV Delegates seated round table. Winston still speaking. SCU Winston speaking. SV Winston finishes speaking, sits down, Delegates applaud.

    LV of King shaking hands with Delegates. CU King talking to Delegates and shakes hands with Dr. Gerbrandy. CU M. Nygaardsvold, Norway, shaking hands. SCU King shakes hands with General Sikorski. SV King shakes hands with Mr. Bruce, Australia, Mr. Jordan, New Zealand, and another Delegate. SV King shakes hands with Sinclair, Attlee and Amery.

    GV King posing with Delegates. SV Churchill beckons to King, King walks forward, pushes chair and poses. Pan shot from Churchill to King posing with Dr. Gerbrandy and Sikorski. CU King walking away from posing. LV King and Prime Minister walking away from Delegates. CU Churchill and King towards camera.

    TRANSCRIPTION: Churchill:-
    "What tragedies, what horrors and crimes has Hitler and all that Hitler stands for brought upon Europe and the world."
    SV Winston speaking..."The concentration camps are crowded. Every dawn the German firing parties are at their work. A vile race of Quislings - to use the new word which will carry the scorn of mankind down the centuries - are hired to fawn upon the conqueror, to collaborate in his designs and to enforce his rule upon their fellow-countrymen while grovelling low themselves. Such is the plight of once glorious Europe and such are the atrocities against which we are in arms."

    GV Winston speaking..."It is upon this foundation, that Hitler, with his battered lackey Mussolini at his tail and Admiral Darlan frisking by his side, pretends to build out of hatred, appetite and racial assertion a New Order for Europe. Never did so mocking a fantasy obsess the mind of mortal man. We cannot tell what the course of this fell war will be as it spreads remorseless through ever wider regions. We know it will be hard, we expect it will be long; we cannot predict or measure its episodes or its tribulations. But one thing is certain, one thing is sure, one thing stands out stark and undeniable, massive and unassailable for all the world to see. It will not be by German hands that the structure of Europe will be rebuilt or the union of the European family achieved..."

    SCU Winston speaking..."In every country into which the German armies and the Nazi police have broken there has sprung up from the soil a hatred of the German name and a contempt for the Nazi creed which the passage of hundreds of years will not efface from human memory. We cannot yet see how deliverance will come or when it will come, but nothing is more certain than that every trace of Hitler's footsteps, ever stain of his infected and corroding fingers will be sponged and purged and, if need be blasted from the surface of the earth..."

    SV Winston speaking..."He may spread his curse a far and wide, he may break into Africa or into Asia. But it is with us in this island fortress that he will have to reckon in the end. We shall strive to resist by land and sea. We shall be on his track wherever he goes. Our air Power will continue to teach the German homeland that war is not all loot and triumph. We shall aid and stir the people of every conquered country to resistance and to revolt. We shall break up and derange every effort which he makes to systematize and consolidate his subjugations. He will find no peace, no rest, no halting place, no parley. And if driven to desperate hazards he attempts the invasion of the British Isles as well he may we shall not flinch from the supreme trial. With the help of God, of which we must feel daily conscious, we shall continue steadfast in faith and duty till our task is done"
    Background: Allied heads hear stirring speech by Premier Winston Churchill at historic St James' Palace meeting, and are greeted by the King.
    Royalty; King George VI of Great Britain (1936-52), Personalities - Politicians; Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), Personalities - Armed Forces

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