The Day We Went to War
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The Day We Went to War

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11:15 am, 3 September 1939. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain confirms the nation's fears by announcing that Britain is at war with Germany. Outbreak is the definitive history of the build-up to, outbreak and first few months of the Second World War. 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 that year, as well as those who were actively involved in the political negotiations and their aftermath. Featuring numerous photographs and the voices of key players, as well as contributions from well-known figures who were directly affected by the build up to war, Outbreak is a gripping record of an extraordinary year in British history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 30mm | 322.05g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • integrated images throughout
  • 0753519658
  • 9780753519653
  • 998,294

About Terry Charman

Terry Charman is the Senior Historian at the Imperial War Museum, where he has worked since 1974. He is a frequent lecturer on the First and Second World Wars and has contributed to magazines and journals on a range of subjects. He has also worked as a consultant for a wide range of publications and has appeared on and been associated with numerous documentaries, television and radio programmes and films, including Foyle's War and Schindler's List. He is the author of The German Home Front 1939-1945.show more

Review quote

"A compelling new book" * Telegraph * "A compelling new book based on diaries and eye-witness accounts" * Daily Mail * "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" * History Today * "Gas-proof dog kennels, fines for striking matches, intimate liaisons in the blackout - the Home Front vividly recalled by ordinary Britons" * Daily Mail *show more

Back cover copy

'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' History Today 'Gas-proof dog kennels, fines for striking matches, intimate liaisons in the blackout - the Home Front vividly recalled by ordinary Britons' Daily Mailshow more

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"Gas-proof dog kennels, fines for striking matches, intimate liaisons in the blackout - the Home Front vividly recalled by ordinary Britons"show more

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