September 3, 2019

ON THIS DAY IN 1939: Britain and France declare war on Germany.

At 1115 BST the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, announced the British deadline for the withdrawal of German troops from Poland had expired.

He said the British ambassador to Berlin had handed a final note to the German government this morning saying unless it announced plans to withdraw from Poland by 1100, a state of war would exist between the two countries.

Mr Chamberlain continued: “I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received and consequently this country is at war with Germany.”

Chamberlain would continue to serve as PM until May 10, 1940, the day the ill-fated Battle of France began.

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