Catalogue number
  • 4321
Production date
Subject period
  • whole: Duration 10, Number Of Items D/A
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  • object name: Speech
  • object category: recording
  • BBC (recorder)

Object description

BBC radio broadcast by British Prime Minister announcing outbreak of war with Germany, 3/Sep/1939. Preceded by announcement: "This is London. You will now hear a statement by the Prime Minister."

Content description

[Partial typescript: "This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that, unless we heard from them by 11 o'clock that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany. You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that all my long struggle to win peace has failed. Yet I cannot believe that there is anything more, or anything different, that I could have done, and that would have been more successful.... We have a clear conscience, we have done all that any country could do to establish peace, but a situation in which no word given by Germany's ruler could be trusted, and no people or country could feel themselves safe, had become intolerable.... Now may God bless you all and may He defend the right. For it is evil things that we shall be fighting against, brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression, and persecution. And against them I am certain that the right will prevail."]

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