Chamberlain Addresses the Nation on His Negotiations for Peace

In this broadcast, Chamberlain speaks about his efforts to obtain a peaceful solution to the Sudeten dispute, which he refers to as a "quarrel in a far away country, between people of whom we know nothing". Having failed to persuade Hitler to annex only certain parts of the Sudetenland, he is now facing the prospect of war.

Although his armies were poised at the border ready to defend their country, Czechoslovak leader Edvard Benes reluctantly agreed to the annexation, persuaded by Britain. He believed Czechoslovakia would receive help if Germany violated the agreement and invaded the whole country.

Originally broadcast on National Programme on 27 September 1938.

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