A brilliant speech written but never delivered by United Kingdom wartime prime minister Winston Churchill has been discovered at Churchill’s summer house, Chartwell, in Kent.
And a top academic believes that if it had been delivered to a frightened and demoralised British public in the early 1940s, it most likely would have shortened World War 2 by many months.
“If this speech had been delivered to a frightened and demoralised British public in the early 1940s, it most likely would have shortened World War 2 by many months,” Oxford University Professor of English Expression and Linguistics Iva Drinkproblem told The Bug overnight.
“The speech could easily have put Churchill’s tribute to the Royal Air Force’s role in the Battle of Britain or his call to fight and never give up in the shade.”
The speech notes, written on the backs of several peeled-off whisky bottle labels, were found in a previously secret cupboard on an upper level at Chartwell.
“It took us a while to work out the order of this amazing speech but here it is,” Prof. Drinkproblem said.
It is always darkest before the dawn… but the dawn is not far away.
And we are hastening towards that dawn.
We should not delay it. We should prepare for it.
We should not fear it.
We should embrace it.
And we should move forward together.
“It’s just a classic example of how he drafted his speeches. The repetition of words or phrases at the start of a succession of clauses; the deliberate understatement, the inclusiveness.
“This new speech sends shivers down my spine every time I read it,” Prof. Drinkproblem said. “The love he had for his people is almost visceral.
“And I shudder with emotion when I imagine the great man delivering those words with his powerful deep resonance, the phraseology, the deliciously deliberate pauses.
“Seriously, if he had delivered that speech would we still remember his ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’ or his ‘We shall fight them on the beaches..We shall never give up’ efforts?
“This speech reminds us of a time long lost when the world had naturally gifted national leaders.
“Here was a true Father of his Nation.”