The full text of the Iron Curtain Speech was very long.
Churchill was introduced to the audience by President Truman himself. This
was extremely rare.
At the time of the speech Communist activists had taken control of the
governments in some Eastern European countries. In the next 2 years they
took complete control of the governments in these countries.
Red Army troops remained in all of the Eastern European states during this
time. There were also Red Army troops in Persia (modern Iran) and on the borders
between the USSR and Turkey. Britain and the USA were very anxious to see
these forces withdrawn. Turkey and Iran were especially important to Britain
as they lay on Britain's trade routes with India.
Churchill also made several references to the atomic bomb in the speech
although these references are not included in this extract.