Special Report

The Greatest War Time Speeches in History

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Winston Churchill, June 4, 1941
> War: World War II

“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.”

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Franklin Roosevelt, Dec. 8, 1941
> War: World War II

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

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Alexander the Great, 326 B.C.
> War: Battle of Hydaspes

“I could not have blamed you for being the first to lose heart if I, your commander, had not shared in your exhausting marches and your perilous campaigns; it would have been natural enough if you had done all the work merely for others to reap the reward.”

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Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
> War: American Revolution

“Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

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Samuel Adams, Aug. 1,1776
> War: American Revolution

“We have no other alternative than independence, or the most ignominious and galling servitude. The legions of our enemies thicken on our plains; desolation and death mark their bloody career, whilst the mangled corpses of our countrymen seem to cry out to us as a voice from Heaven.”

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