September 3, 2015

1939. Edward R. Murrow Announces Britain's Declaration of War

Britain and Germany at War

Edward R. Murrow

CBS London

September 3, 1939

At nine o'clock this morning London Time, it was announced that a two hour ultimatum had been delivered to Germany; that at the end of that time, hostilities must cease or Germany and Britain would be at war.

At 11:15 the Prime Minister spoke to the nation. He stated that no reply had been received to the ultimatum, and that Britain and Germany were at war.

Shortly after the Prime Minister's speech, the air raid sirens went off...and it wasn't a pleasant sound.