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Dunkirk 70 years on: ‘We shall never surrender’

Whether the crisis is violence in the Middle East or the oil spill in the Gulf, people are naturally hungry for leaders who speak with clarity and candor. Seventy years ago today, on June 4, 1940, a single such speech, delivered in London, changed history.

The words Winston Churchill spoke in that fateful speech were at once a maker and a mirror of British resolve in the face of Hitler’s Germany.

Jon Meacham reflects on the Dunkirk speech, in which Churchill rallied Great Britain and set the tone for candor in government.



  • Pete

    I am a leadership trainer with EQUIP, a global leadership organization founded by John C. Maxwell, and this is by far one of the best pieces I have seen demonstrating the supreme value of truth and trust in top leaders. Winston Churchill’s possession of these timeless but seemingly rare attributes today made him not only successful as England’s prime minister, but more notably, his significance in world history for generations to come. Thanks for producing such a powerful segment PBS.