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Winston Churchill

We will fight them on the beaches

We shall fight on the beaches

His most famous speech

Ask most people to quote the famous 1940 speech from Winston Churchill about fighting on beaches and the chances are they will start "We will flight them on the beaches". This is interesting, because it's not what he said. Are they experiencing a Mandela Effect?

Today, all references show it to be "We shall fight on the beaches".

It's a historic and very famous speech - so how come it changed this way? Even Wikipedia says 'the next year American journalist H. R. Knickerbocker wrote that its words "deserve to be memorized by us all", observing that "With Churchill's picture these words are placarded in homes and offices throughout the British Empire.'. Well, almost.

The speech

The speech was given to the Houses of Parliament in 4 June, 1940:

Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. 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, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

-- Winston Churchill