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Sherman Grinberg
Paramount
C936C
SR005463_01_01.mov
5/27/1941
Pres. Franklin Roosevelt fireside chat radio address regarding defense against Nazi Germany
Pres. Franklin Roosevelt seated behind MBS, CBS, and NBC radio microphones at the White House; he is dressed in evening wear / SOT Roosevelt discusses Nazi sinking of British ships; "We can answer this peril by two simultaneous measures. First, by speeding up and increasing our own great shipbuilding program and second, by helping to cut down the losses on the high seas. Attacks on shipping off the very shores of land which we are determined to protect, present an actual military danger to the Americas. And that danger has recently been heavily underlined by the presence in Western Hemisphere waters of a Nazi battleship of great striking power" / SOT Roosevelt: "I have said on many occasions that the United States is mustering its men and its resources only for purposes of defense - only to repel attack. I repeat that statement now. But we must be realistic when we use the word 'attack'; we have to relate it to the lightning speed of modern warfare. Some people seem to think that we are not attacked until bombs actually drop in the streets of New York or San Francisco or New Orleans or Chicago. But they are simply shutting their eyes to the lesson that we must learn from the fate of every nation that the Nazis have conquered"
Franklin D Roosevelt
United States
Washington DC

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