Field Marshal Montgomery speaks at English Speaking Union annual dinner.
New York, United States of America (USA).
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (Monty) speaking at the annual dinner of English Speaking Union - natural sound. He thanks for the invitation to speak, glad to be there, great hospitality etc. He announces that he will speak about the western union, and asks 'what is the trouble in the world today?' He continues by saying that the first problem is of economic nature, consequence of the two world war, and the second problem is ideological division which came before solving the first problem. He talks about the war and Churchill then starts the analysis of the ideological problem to continue: " ...it's far easier for us to understand one another and any other two nations. The more your nation and mine mix up with each other, the better for world peace. The fighting men of our two nations fought side by side in two great wars In the late war I was proud to serve under American command (applause). Tonight, I'm wearing the badge of the Chief Commander of the Legion of Merit given to my by the President (applause), and it's always a very great pleasure for me to meet General Eisenhower whenever I visit the United States (applause). To me, he is Ike, my friend and wartime Chief (applause) And to him, I am Monty. We did not always agree, but I've yet to learn that the best of husbands and wives always agree. There must be plenty of married couples in this room tonight who very often disagree, but I presume that they still love each other and I presume they co-operate wholeheartedly in the home. I'm devoted to Ike and I'd do anything for him (applause). I believe that the fundamental problem in the world today is not whether this nation or that nation can gain some advance over the nations in science and technology or the manufacture of atom bombs. The fundamental problem is whether the western democracies can co-operate for a common purpose and gain strength through unity. That is the fundamental problem today. Real and true co-operation is not possible unless each nation concerned is prepared to suffer if necessary, some small loss of sovereignty for the common purpose. Either the co-operation is real and true or it is a facade behind which nations pursue their own selfish policy. If that should happen then our dead would indeed have died in vain. Which is it to be, real and true, or a facade? It must be real and true. Therefore, I would say that the worthiness of the western democracies to survive will depend on two things, first on their resolute and clear headed willingness to defend everything that history and effort and our ancestors and God have entrusted to us, and secondly, on our capacity for real, true and effective co-operation in order to achieve that end. Now, ladies and gentlemen, the premium is not very great but the dividend will be enormous. It will be peace and freedom. Thank you very much (applause). Long shot of a gathering. MS. Monty and men on rostrum standing while British national anthem is played. They raise the glasses to the King at the end. Monty getting ready to speak, people applauding. Various shots of the guests at the gathering.
Information found in the old record - Cuts 49/98.