Seventy years ago

Posted by Tory Historian Thursday, September 03, 2009 ,

September 3, 1939

Introduced by the great Alvar Liddell, the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, announces that the United Kingdom and the British Empire are now at war with Germany.

I am speaking to you now from the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street. This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note, stating that unless we heard from them by 11o'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you that no such undertaking has been received and that consequently this country is at war with Germany.

It was not what he or most people in the country had wanted but it was what everyone had to face up to. Well, everyone except the CPGB, which continued its campaign against the war until June 22, 1941.


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