Winston Churchill: The speeches that inspired a nation

Prime Minister Winston Churchill addresses an audience of more than 20,000 at Walthamstow Stadium, London in 1945. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Along with his bowler hat, fat cigar and V for victory sign, Winston Churchill knew how to build an image. This was no less apparent in the speeches and quotes he used to inspire the country in the midst of war.

Fifty years after his death, we try and capture some of the strongest and best-loved moments of Churchill's war speeches.

After 10 weeks of war, Churchill gave a speech to reassure the nation, telling them: "We are far stronger than we were ten weeks ago. We are far better prepared to endure the worst malice of Hitler and his Huns."

Watch Churchill delivering the speech:

In May 1940, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister and spoke to fellow MPs about the war in his first speech to the House of Commons.

The now famous, "blood, sweat and tears" speech:

Churchill's best known war speech is probably the second one he delivered to the House of Commons in June 1940, in which he promised: "We shall fight on the beaches."

In 1941, Churchill goaded the Nazis to "do your worst" as he said it would only inspire Britain to "do our best."

Watch the speech here:

In October 1941, Churchill visited his old school Harrow, where he gave his famous "Never give in" speech, urging the nation to keep its resolve in fighting the Nazis.

Speaking in Edinburgh in October 1942, Churchill accused Hitler and the other Nazi leaders of losing heart and said that their fear could be heard in their recent speeches.

"There is one note which rings through all these speeches it can be clearly heard above their customary boasting and threats. The dull low whining note of fear."

After the German surrender, Sir Winston made a speech to the nation that began as a calm statement confirming that the war was over, but ended on a more familiar Churchill-note: "Long live the cause of freedom. God save the King."