Battle of Britain (1969) Poster

Ralph Richardson: Sir David Kelly - British Minister to Switzerland


  • Baron von Richter : David, we are not asking for anything. Europe is ours, we can walk into Britain whenever we like.

    Sir David Kelly : If you think we're going to gamble on Herr Hitler's guarantees, you're making a grave mistake. All those years in England seems to have left you none the wiser. We're not easily frightened. Also we know how hard it is for an army to cross the Channel. The last little Corporal who tried came a cropper. So don't threaten or dictate to us until you're marching up Whitehall... and even then we won't listen.

  • Baron von Richter : Look, David, the Fuehrer is being very reasonable. He offers guarantees.

    Sir David Kelly : Experience shows the Fuehrer's guarantees guarantee nothing.

    Baron von Richter : What about Churchill? After our last appeal, what do we hear? "We will fight them on the beaches." With what?

    Sir David Kelly : Winston gets carried away sometimes.

    Baron von Richter : With liquid courage. That's what they tell me.

    Sir David Kelly : Clearly, you don't know him.

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