THE OUTBREAK OF WAR
On 1st September 1939 German forces invaded Poland.
For some years before, Hitler had been bullying his neighbours and had taken over the neighbouring states of Austria and Czechoslovakia. The two other major states of Europe, Britain and France, had tried to curb Hitler’s ambitions by negotiation but this policy had failed. The invasion of Poland was the last straw.
Britain immediately demanded that Hitler withdraw his troops from Poland or Britain would come to Poland’s aid against the aggressor. Britain’s demand was ignored and on Sunday 3rd September 1939 Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the British people in a radio broadcast that Britain was now at war with Germany. Chamberlain’s speech contained the onerous words “and that consequently this country is at war with Germany….”
WAR DECLARED 3rd SEPTEMBER 1939
The Rasen area life was about to change in all aspects, typical of these changes is this tank trap erected in Union Street, Market Rasen.