Meanwhile, back at home on Sunday 3rd September 1939, a family huddles around the radio and tunes into Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announcing that war has been declared on Germany.

On the streets, life goes on but not quite as normal as the nation braces itself for war. Gas masks are ready, ration books collected, and precautions taken for the Blackout.


"I am speaking to you from the cabinet room at 10 Downing St. This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that, unless we heard from them by 11 o'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 now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany."


The Rise of Hitler and the Treaty of Versailles – Propaganda – The Growth of the Nazi Party – Peace in Our Time – Britain Declares War