Chamberlain’s war diaries go on display

The personal diaries of British wartime Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain are to go on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Arthur Neville Chamberlain

PM Neville Chamberlain

In a free exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the declaration of WWII from August 20, 2009 visitors will be able to have an unprecedented insight into the mind of the Prime Minister at the helm of the government when war was declared on September 3, 1939.

His entry for that day, a note scribbled in pencil reads simply: “War declared“. With the diaries, a letter to his sister detailing the preparations for war, and the declaration letter itself, written by Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax.

A book The World Goes To War is to be published on August 27, 2009 to accompany the exhibition, as well as a television documentary to be broadcast on UK network ITV1.

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