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The BBC News| September 4th 1939

SS Athenia is sunk outward bound to the United States.   Listen to the BBC news for this day 80 years ago! Advertisements

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The King’s Speech – 3rd September 1939

80 years ago today King George VI delivered this speech addressing Britain’s involvement in World War II.

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We Saw The Jewish Pogrom in Germany

Among the reports in the White Paper concerning the treatment of Jews in Germany was one from Mr R T Smallbones, formerly H.M. Consul-General in Frankfurt-on-Main, Mr Smallbones and his daughter, who witnessed the terrible effects of the progrom of … Continue reading

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Speeches of WW2, December 20th to 26th, 1939

Wednesday 20th 1939 Admiral Lord Chatfield in a broadcast: Whatever she may say Germany needs a short war, and so her hope is to break the British Navy’s grip on her supplies and to endeavour to defeat us rapidly where … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches of WW2, 2nd to 8th December 1939

Saturday, December 2nd 1939 Letter addressed to Mr Rudolf Holst, Permanent Finnish Delegate, to Mr Avenol, Secretary-General of the League of Nations: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, with which Finland, since the signature of the treaty of peace at … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches of WW2, December 14th to 20th, 1939

Tuesday, Devember 14th, 1939 Mr G.A. Grippenburg, Finish Minister, at a meeting at the House of Lords: I stand before you as a representative of a small, democratic, preace-loving country which overnight, without warning and witout any declaration of war, … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches of WW2, 11th to 14th December, 1939

Monday December 11th, 1939 Extracts from White Book issued by Finnish Government, outlining the Soviet’s demands: To make possible the blocking of the Gulf of Finland by artillery from both coasts to prevent enemy warships or transports entering the Gulf … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches of November 1939, WW2

Tuesday, November 28th, 1939 Reply to Finnish Government to Russian demand for withdrawal of troops from frontier near Leningrad: It is established that the discharge of cannon shots mentioned in your communication did not take place on the Finnish side. … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches during WW2, November 1939

Monday November 27 1939 Mr Herbert Morrison, MP Leader of the London County Council, in a broadcast: Stage by stage Hitler built up his power. Piece by piece he swallowed up his neighbours. Each time, like the drunkard, he swore … Continue reading

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Words & Speeches during WW2, November 1939

Words That History Will Remember Tuesday November 13th, 1939 M. Paul Reynauld, French Minister of Finance, in a broadcast: Returning two years ago from a visit to Germany. I said to my fellow countrymen: “Hurry up and arm. You have … Continue reading

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