Monday, September 15, 2008

“Britain is at War with Germany”

“Twenty One years of peace ends. In a broadcast to the world from No. 10 Downing Street at 11:15 a.m. Sunday September 2, 1939, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said: ‘This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German government a final note stating that unless we heard from them by eleven 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… Now may God bless you all. May he defend the right. It is the evil things that we shall be fighting against — brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression, and persecution — and against them I am certain that the right will prevail.’ ”

Source: Pictorial History of the Second World War

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