A few days ago, I finished reading John Lukacs' Five days in London: May 1940. I am puzzled by a passage of that book:

When Hitler made his grand peace offer to England in his speech of 19 July, Churchill chose not to answer, asking Halifax to do so instead, which the foreign secretary calmly and coolly did.

My question is: which peace offer? The closest thing to a peace offer that I was able to find there was:

In this hour I feel it to be my duty before my own conscience to appeal once more to reason and common sense in Great Britain as much as elsewhere. I consider myself in a position to make this appeal, since I am not the vanquished, begging favors, but the victor speaking in the name of reason. I can see no reason why this war must go on.

Is this the peace offer? Or did I miss something?

Also, what was Lord Halifax's reply?


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That was the peace offer, it was essentially repeating a similar offer made in October 1939.

Halifax's reply is here. Its content isn't especially remarkable, although coming from Lord Halifax, who had proposed suing for peace in May, was important.

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