'You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that all my long struggle to win peace has failed. I know that you will play your part with calmness and courage.'
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, 11:15am, 3 September 1939
As the people of Britain gathered around their radios, the Prime Minister confirmed what many had feared for months: Britain was at war with Germany. Drawing on the Imperial War Museum's extensive archives, this book features the personal stories of real men and women who lived through the startling events of the first year of the Second World War. From the first shots fired to the first war-time Christmas, The Day We Went to War is a unique, personal and affecting account of one of the most tumultuous years in British history.
'Weaves together the memories of those who were intimately involved in the politics and planning of war and those so-called ordinary men and women who would also bear its privations and dangers for nearly six years'
'Gas-proof dog kennels, fines for striking matches, intimate liaisons in the blackout - the Home Front vividly recalled by ordinary Britons'
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