Question of the month

On September the 3rd 1939, the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain formally declared war.

“I am speaking to you 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 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.”

What followed was the deadliest military conflict in history, claiming the lives of an estimated 85 million people and significantly impacting many millions more.

On September 3rd 2019, it will be 80 years since Chamberlain made his fateful radio broadcast and we only have a small window of opportunity left in which to hear from the people who still remember it.

Over the next few weeks, we want to collect the memories of September 3rd 1939. Grab you smartphone, as the question and share the stories.

“Do you remember the day war was declared”?

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Tom Derrington