Neville Chamberlain Tells Britain He's Delivering 'Peace for Our Time' Hot

Neville Chamberlain Tells Britain He's Delivering 'Peace for Our Time'

Neville Chamberlain: 'Peace In Our Time'

Munich Agreement: Neville Chamberlain returns to Britain from Munich where he, Benito Mussolini of Italy and Édouard Daladier of France have agreed to allow Adolf Hitler seize the ethnic German Sudetenland regions of Czechoslovakia.

When he arrives at 10 Downing Street he delivers his infamous speech in which he says that he is delivering "peace for our time" to the British people. It will be remembered largely for its irony because in eleven months, Nazi Germany will invade Poland and start World War II.

Chamberlain tells the crowd at Heston Aerodrome:

"The settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace.

This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine.

Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you:...

'We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.'"

Later, outside 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain says:

"My good friends, this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds."

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Neville Chamberlain — Peace in our Time

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