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The War starts at 6

by BBC Southern Counties Radio

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BBC Southern Counties Radio
People in story: 
Amy Grimes
Location of story: 
London
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A6015755
Contributed on: 
04 October 2005

“This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Mike Yeoman from CSV Media — Brighton, and has been added to the web-site on behalf of Amy Grimes with her permission and fully understand the site’s terms and conditions.”

“…No such undertaking has been received and consequently we are at war with Germany.” I remember Chamberlain’s words, softly spoken, relayed through our brown Bakerlite wireless. I am six years old, aware that I am listening to something — the impact of which will change my world - our world - yet not really understanding what it means.
And when the first air-raid siren wails, all the people leave their houses and rush out into the streets, talking in groups. A lot of people go down to the air-raid shelter that has been built in the park. The atmosphere is buzzing and exciting with undertones of fear. It is the Phony War because nothing happens.

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