Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Vive la France
Free French 1st Army HQ
Charles De Gaulle Speech to his troops
June 11, 1946
Our allies will call us fools. They are willing to give up our land so that they may fight again. We do not have that luxury
Their homes and families are not in danger from the boot of communism. They are not in danger of losing their freedom and honor once again to a petty dictator who hates all that France stands for. They will not have the iron curtain of suppression weighing down on them for generations. They will not have the dishonor of being a conquered people who did not fight.
Would the British just retreat from London without a fight? Would the Americans run to Mexico if they were invaded by Stalin and his henchmen? No, I think not and neither shall we.
I call on the Americans to use the atomic bomb. I would rather die than live under the boot of Stalin.
I call on all true Frenchmen to come to the aid of their country and French culture. Together we can make the invader from the East shed blood for every village and town they rape. We can make them pay to steal our freedom. We can make them pay for trying to take our honour.
Today we make our stand. Here is where we make it. Not one more meter of French soil will be given up without the stain of French blood. We will retreat no more. We will sacrifice our lives for the honour of France.
Vive La France!