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We Shall Fight on the Beaches

1940-06-04

In this speech, Churchill had to describe a great military disaster, and warn of a possible invasion attempt by Nazi Germany, without casting doubt on eventual victory. It concludes with the famous quote, "We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."

French Surrender to Germany

1940-06-17

Radio coverage of the signing of the armistice between France and Germany.

Churchill -- Their Finest Hour

1940-06-18

An excerpt from the famous speech by Prime Minister Winston Churchill just before the Battle of Britain, in which he statement "if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour."

Attack on Pearl Harbor

1941-12-07

Flash bulletin announcing the Japanese attack on Hawaii.

Roosevelt Addresses Congress

1941-12-08

President Franklin D Roosevelt's famous 'date that will live in infamy' speech to Congress, asking for a declaration of war against Japan.

D Day

1944-06-06

This first of two news reports covering the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

D Day News

1944-06-06

An installment of Crisco's News program continuing coverage of the D Day invasion.

Roosevelt Dies

1945-04-12

Radio report of the death of Franklin D Roosevelt.

Hitler Dead

1945-05-01

MBS radio report announcing that Hitler is dead.

VE Day Special Victory Program

1945-05-07

This special broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio Service was to celebrate victory in Europe.

Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima

1945-08-06

President Truman's announcement that an atomic bomb had been dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.