How popular history distorts Churchill’s “never give up” speech

He didn’t say or mean it that way

Photo: Cecil Beaton [Public domain] at Wikimedia Commons

“Never give up, never give up, never give up.”

Nice mug. Many more to choose from. Too bad he never said it.

Four inaccuracies on the popular history

Key passage

But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period — I am addressing myself to the School — surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

Learn more history about Churchill at the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Winston’s two reasons to give in

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