South Africa Prime Minister General Jan Smuts addresses at an audience at the Guildhall.
ENGLAND: London: Guildhall:
General Jan Smuts (South African Prime Minister) to podium and speaking SOT
- No election is needed to prove that the British people are united to a man behind the greatest leader they have ever had, the leader of whom, it is now amusing to recall, a gentleman prominent in your public life told me only a couple of years before this war that he had no party, no followers, and no hope of future leadership.
The battles of Stalingrad and El Alamein mark the real turning points in this war and will rank in history with the other decisive battles of the world.
The destruction of the Germany army at Stalingrad sent a shiver and a shock right through the entire German line from end to end of Russia, and their long line has ever since been bending or reeling back, until not it rests temporarily and uneasily behind the Dnieper.
The Axis debacle at El Alamein spread over the whole Italian North Africa until now, with the British and American advance, approach from the West, the Mediterranean has been cleared, Italy has been beaten out of the Axis and the Allied forces are marching on Rome. The Italians are out and the Germans are in retreat everywhere.
Let the greatest war in human history become the prelude to the great peace. To make it such would be the greatest glory of our age and its noblest bequest to the generation to come.
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Background: South Africa Prime Minister General Jan Smuts addresses at an audience at the Guildhall.