World War Two - Outbreak

Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's announcement that Britain is declaring war on Germany

On 3 September 1939, Neville Chamberlain broadcast to the nation that Britain was at war with Germany.

Only a year before, it seemed a peaceful solution had been achieved with the Munich Agreement.

Experience British life on the brink of war through original news broadcasts, eyewitness accounts and commentaries on some of the key events, including the evacuation of children and the distribution of gas masks.

The beginning of the BBC's wartime role, which involved a massive change to programming, is covered in this collection.

PM returns from Hitler negotiations
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News - Britain Begins to Prepare for War
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Chamberlain peace negotiations address
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Chamberlain returns from Munich
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How to use a gas mask
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Journey into occupied Czechoslovakia
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News - Polish Question: 16 Points
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News - Invasion of Poland
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Evacuees depart from Waterloo Station
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News - Hitler defies final warning
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Britain declares war on Germany
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King George VI addresses the nation
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Survivors recall the sinking of the SS Athenia
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"We have been evacuated"
audio
Our War Aims - Now and After
audio
HM Queen Elizabeth calls on women
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London hospitals in wartime
audio
Prologue to War
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When war came to Poland
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