No 10 guest historian series

Each month No 10 invites a professional historian to contribute a short article to this series.

‘We shall fight on the beaches’: three things you never knew about Churchill’s most famous speech

Ask anyone to name Winston Churchill’s best-known speech and nine times out of ten they will answer: ‘We shall fight them on the beaches’. It’s not an exact quotation – Churchill did not include the word ‘them’ – but the …