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Neville Chamberlain announcing that Britain is at war with Germany

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The clip shows scenes of battle and civilian devastation in World War One and includes a shot of wounded survivors. It goes on to describe how the League of Nations was formed in an attempt to resolve international disputes peacefully, but how those hopes were dashed by its failure.

We hear part of prime minister Neville Chamberlain's 1939 radio broadcast telling people in the UK they were once again at war with Germany. World War Two, as the clip points out, was even more destructive, with air raids, genocide and atomic bombs. When peace came, people felt relieved, as a witness explains, but also uncertain about the future. They wondered, 'Where do we go from here?' TV presenter Michael Aspel reflects on how the Blitz affected his family and many other families too.

The UK today is generally considered to be at peace. Yet we face the dangers of terrorism and soldiers still risk their lives in wars and peace-keeping missions.

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