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Europe commemorates anniversary of outbreak of Second World War

September 4th, 2014

Hitler used the raid as a pretext to launch his invasion of Poland on the next day, and two days later Great Britain and France, abiding to pledge to support Poland, declared war on Germany.

The outbreak of war in Europe provided British journalist Clare Hollingworth with the “scoop of a lifetime”.

Writing for The Daily Telegraph and staying not far from Gliwice she witnessed German tanks crossing the southern Polish frontier in the early hours of September 1, even holding her telephone out of the window to convince sceptical diplomats at the British embassy in Warsaw that the invasion had actually started.

The Telegraph report on the massing tanks

War came formally to Great Britain at 11 o’clock in the morning of September 3 when a dejected Neville Chamberlain informed the public that London had told Berlin that unless it delivered a pledge to withdraw its forces from Poland a state of war would exist.

“I have to tell you now no such undertaking has been received so consequently this country is at with Germany,” stated the prime minister.

In an editorial from The Telegraph the following day the paper stated Britain had entered the war “in the single belief that the Nazi creed and the existence of freedom for the weaker peoples of the earth cannot exist together; that the one must be stamped out if the other is to survive.”

World War 2 anniversary: The Scoop

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