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World War II Tuesday, 31 August, 1999, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
Newspaper headlines
Evening Standard, 1 September 1939
At dawn on 1 September 1939, German troops stormed across the Polish frontier. A little over an hour later Nazi dive-bombers were attacking the civilians of Poland's capital city Warsaw.

The Star, 1 September 1939

At 1000 Hitler addressed the Reichstag. He said he had negotiated a settlement with the Poles, but they had refused his offers.

Evening Standard, 2 September 1939
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Britain had made a pledge to stand by Poland. Most MPs were very concerned. By evening of 2 September it appeared the government might fall the next day unless war was declared.

The Daily Mail, 3 September 1939

At 0900 on the morning of 3 September, the British Ambassador in Berlin presented an ultimatum to Hitler demanding he respond in two hours. No answer was received.

Sunday Express, 10 September 1939

Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany, and a day later the Royal Air Force attacks the German Navy.

Sunday Pictorial, 10 September 1939

The United States proclaims its neutrality. On 10 September Canada declares war on Germany and the Battle of the Atlantic begins as the Germans attempt to sever Allied supply routes.

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