FINEST HOUR 132, AUTUMN 2006
MOMENTS IN TIME: WASHINGTON, 22 MAY 1943
Mr. Churchill has moved his residence from the White House to the British Embassy—an indication that final decisions are imminent. He told a crowded gathering of the Embassy staff that there was no reason not to expect a long war.
Mr. Churchill met members of the staff in the Embassy gardens, where he made an informal speech. While it was possible, he said, that the proud German army could collapse as it had done at Jena, in the last war—and in Tunisia where, from a bravely fighting group, it had degenerated into a dejected mob of prisoners—there was no reason to expect sudden deliverance.
Commenting on the changed military position since he visited the United States last June, he said the British Army had put itself on the map once again after the humiliating defeats of Tobruk and Singapore. Everything was going well at present, but he warned them to prepare with their full energies for the hard job ahead. He described the times in which we live as a convulsive, formative period in world history.
Apparently in splendid health, Mr. Churchill, who was wearing a light grey summer suit, gave the V sign to the staff as he entered the garden.