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The First Volume of Winston Churchill’s War Speeches


First American Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill (With a Preface and Notes by Randolph S. Churchill M.P.)

G.P. Putnam’s Sons [New York]

Biblio: Cohen A 142.3.a) (Woods A66b)

16mo (462 pages, photo frontis, 52 speeches)

Hardcover [Blue cloth]

Item Number: 31732

Collector's Guide

Into Battle is the first volume of Winston Churchill’s collected World War II speeches (covering May 1938-November 9, 1940). Here are many of Churchill’s most notable oratorical flourishes of the war, including “blood, toil, tears and sweat,” “their finest hour,” and “never was so much owed by so many to so few.” Churchill’s speeches were collected and published yearly throughout the war beginning with this one in 1941. Into Battle was published in the U.S. and Canada under the title: Blood, Sweat and Tears. The U.S. (and Book-of-the-Month-Club) editions added four speeches that do not appear in the English edition, those of December 19 and 23, 1940 and January 9 and February 9, 1941.


This is a very good copy of the First American edition in an unclipped dust jacket that is age-darkened and edge-chipped, with fractional losses along the upper edge of the front face. The contents are fine.