Sir Winston Churchill

We Cut the Coal


Lithographic original poster, 1942

World War 2

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Every last saving that could be made on the Home Front would allow the Allies’ fighting forces to be more effective; there was nobody who could not help towards the war effort.

“We shall not fail, and then some day, when children ask: What did you do to win this inheritance for us and to make our name so respected among men?” one will say: “I was a Fighter Pilot,” another will say: “I was in the Submarine Service,” another: “I marched with the Eighth Army,” a fourth will say: “None of you could have lived without the convoys and the Merchant Seamen,” and you, in your turn will say, with equal pride and with equal right: “WE CUT THE COAL.” Winston Churchill October 31st 1942.