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Chamberlain announces outbreak of war (audio)
Neville Chamberlain became Prime Minister in May 1937. He is synonymous with the policy of 'appeasement' - of trying to avoid large scale warfare in Europe by seeking a diplomatic solution with Germany. He met with Adolf Hitler three times in 1938, famously returning with a signed undertaking from the Nazi leader that Chamberlain said he thought would offer 'peace in our time'. However, Hitler would go back on his word within six months and, when Germany invaded Poland on 3 September 1939, it was Chamberlain's solemn duty to annouce to the nation it was 'at war with Germany'. Please note this is an audio clip and only available with the Flash player.
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