Primary History KS2: WW2 Clips. The declaration of war

PM Neville Chamberlain announces Britain is at war with Germany on 3 September 1939.

PM Neville Chamberlain announces Britain is at war with Germany on 3 September 1939.

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 which 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 1 September 1939 it was Chamberlain's solemn duty to announce to the nation that it was 'at war with Germany'.

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