• Short Summary

    Stirring speech by Churchill at St James' Palace in front of King, Attlee and Eden.

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    Title reads: "Until victory is won - Allied pledge at historic meeting".

    High angle shot of St James Palace, London. Various shots of King George VI with delegates of the allied government, those present include Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden and Clement Attlee. Good shots of King and Churchill together + Eden laughing at Churchill's speech.

    M/S of Churchill speaking to the Assembly. "Here before us on this table lie the title deeds of ten nations or states, whose soil has been invaded and polluted, and whose men, women and children lie prostrate and writhing under the Hitler yoke. What tragedies, what horrors, what crimes, has Hitler, and all that Hitler stands for, brought upon Europe and the world. The ruins of Warsaw, of Rotterdam, of Belgrade, are monuments which will long recall to future generations the outrage of the unopposed air bombing applied with calculated and scientific cruelty to helpless populations. Here in London and throughout the cities of our island and in Ireland there may also be seen the marks of devastation. They are being repaid, and presently they will be more than repaid. The prisons of the continent no longer suffice, the concentration camps are overcrowded, ever dawn the firing parties are at their work, every dawn the German volleys crack. Czechs, Poles, Dutchmen, Norwegian, Serbs and Greeks, Frenchmen, Belgians and Yugoslavs make the final sacrifice of faith and country. It is upon this foundation that Hitler, with his tattered lackey Mussolini at his tail and Admiral Darloff frisking at his side, pretends to build our of hatred appetite and racial assertion, a new order for Europe. Never did so mocking a fantasy obsess the mind of mortal man. It will not be by German hands that the structure of Europe will be rebuilt, or the union of the European families achieved.

    Winston Churchill's speech (continued): "Hitler may turn and trample this way and that through tortured Europe, he may spread his course far and wide and carry his curse with him, he may break into Africa or into Asia, but it is with us here in this island fortress that he will have to reckon and settle in the end. With the help of God of which we must all feel daily conscious we shall continue steadfast in faith and duty till our task is done. This then, my lords and gentlemen, is the message which we send forth today to all the states and nations bombed or freed, to all the men in all the lands who care for freedom, to all our allies and well wishers in Europe, to our American friends and helpers drawing ever closer in their might across the Ocean. This is the message: "Life up your hearts, all will come right out of the depths of sorrow and of sacrifice will be born again the glory of mankind".

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:28:51:00 / 01:33:55:00

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