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Mrs Bowley shakes the hand of Johnny Driscoll of the A.R.P. rescue team carrying her away. She had been trapped for 13 hours in the wreckage of an air-raid shelter after a German bombing raid on London, 17 October 1940.

Blood, toil, tears, and sweat

On 13 May 1940, Winston Churchill, newly appointed prime minister, told his government that in the fight against Hitler he had nothing to offer but 'blood, toil, tears and sweat'.


Photo: Mrs Bowley shakes the hand of Johnny Driscoll of the A.R.P. rescue team carrying her away. She had been trapped for 13 hours in the wreckage of an air-raid shelter after a German bombing raid on London, 17 October 1940. (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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The phrase blood, toil, tears and sweat became famous in a speech given by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 13 May 1940.

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