Winston Churchill makes a speech on the victory in Egypt at the Lord Mayor's luncheon.
Titles read: "MR CHURCHILL ON VICTORY".
Various shots of Prime Minister Winston Churchill making a speech at the Lord Mayor's luncheon in the Mansion House. He talks of our remarkable and definite victory, now that Rommel's army has been defeated. Cutaways to crowds of people outside Mansion House listening to the speech through loud speakers. Churchill says "Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning". Laughter from the audience.
He asks us to remember the roads of France and Flanders, full of refugees, women and children upon whom such merciless havoc was wreaked. Library footage of refugees in France walking along roads with their belongings. Churchill says although he has a humane disposition, he could not help feeling that what was happening (in desert war) was only justice grimly reclaiming her rights. Brief shots of dead German soldiers in the desert and Nazi crosses over graves.
C/U of map of northern Africa, showing Morocco, Algeria and Tunis. Churchill talks of the President of the United States being Commander in Chief of the armed forces of America. Library shots of President Franklin D Roosevelt signing the Lease Lend Bill.
He goes on to talk of now moving forward and having nothing to fear, saying we "will gain gratitude in the breasts of free men and women in every part of the world". More footage of action in the desert; tanks and infantry advancing.
Several shots of church bell towers and steeples of country churches ringing their bells for the first time in nearly two and a half years. Churchill gave orders for this to be done to celebrate the victory in Egypt.