Exactly 80 years ago tomorrow, on the morning of September 1, 1939, Adolf Hitler’s forces invaded Poland. It was the start of the most destructive and brutal conflict in history. On the side of a railway carriage carrying German troops east was chalked: ‘We’re off to Poland to thrash the Jews.’ While British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had been pursuing a futile policy of appeasement, Britain had been preparing for war. Eighty thousand patients were sent home from hospitals to make space for potential casualties. Police and railwaymen assist some of the 800 evacuee children as they leave Ealing Broadway station, London, for the country on the first day of World War II Nearly four million people had already been evacuated from vulnerable cities and towns. More than 1.5 million Anderson air-raid shelters had been distributed. Every household had received a leaflet called Your Air Raid Precautions, which tried to reassure citizens that British homes were more sturdy than those destroyed by bombing in the recently ended Spanish Civil War, and that the direct effects of a high-explosive bomb were limited to within 30ft. Sunday, September 3, 1939, midnight Chamberlain’s Cabinet is meeting at Downing Street to debate when to… Read full this story
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