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October 2014

Europe has marked the 75th anniversary of the start of World War Two with several commemorative services, including a series of joint events between Germany and those countries which, under Nazi rule, it invaded.

On 3 September, the presidents of Germany and Poland met at the Westerplatte peninsula near the city of Gdansk in Poland, where the very first shots of the war were fired when the Nazi battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire.

Polish and German bishops also met in the town of Gliwice in southern Poland to commemorate a ‘false-flag’ raid on a German radio station by German troops posing as Poles on 31 August 1939.

Creating a timeline of events as they unfold, the Telegraph followed the declaration made by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, when he declared war with Nazi Germany on 3 September 1939.

Along with the original 1939 newsreel showing how WW2 broke, the Telegraph also recorded its front-page announcement of the news on 4 September, which began: ‘The Prime Minister announced today in a message broadcast to the Empire, that as from 11 o’clock in the morning, Great Britain was at war with Germany’.

The BBC’s Proms gave a special concert, focusing primarily on the 100-year anniversary of World War One, which featured music from that era.

It also commemorated the outbreak of World War Two, with music from the 1940s, and the usual Pomp and Circumstance section.









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