announcement was made at 11:15am local time. The British prime minister, Neville
Chamberlain, told, to a mesmerized radio audience, that the British deadline for
German troop withdrawal from Poland had expired.
British ambassador in Berlin had passed a final note to the German authorities
saying that unless Germany had withdrawn their troops from Poland by 11:00am that
a state of war would exist between the two countries.
told the nation:
"I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received and
consequently this country is at war with Germany."