Today marks the 80th Anniversary of when our great nation declared war against Germany. Despite numerous attempts to negotiate peace with Adolf Hitler, our Prime Minister at the time was left with no alternative but to make the announcement via radio.
During a radio broacast at 11:15am on 3rd September 1939, Neville Chamberlain had to admit that all negotiations between us and Germany had failed. The radio broadcast was made directly from number 10 Downing Street where the Prime Minister said:
"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".
It was a conflict that would last almost six long years and cost over 50 million lives. However, as detailed in his broadcast:
"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."
Listen to the Full Declaration of War against Nazi Germany
Two days before the broadcast, Nazi Germany had invaded Poland despite there being an agreement in place entitled, 'Peace for Our Time' signed by Hitler.
No matter how many times you read through the words uttered on that fateful day, you just can't quite imagine what it would have been like to be on the other end of that broadcast. Listening intently and realising the impact that this was going to have on our country.
"The amazing courage of those who fought for our freedom must never be forgotten."
We will remember them!