HISTORIC SOUND CLIPS 1939-1945
The following pages aim to bring some of our wartime history to life using a range of multi-media approaches and tools that are available to internet. You will be able to hear the actual voices of veterans as they recollect their participation in signaificant perios of history, as well as to see or hear clips from wartime archives.
To date there is extremely limited on-line multi-media information as
is reflected here. Watch this space as more information becomes readily
Prelude to war, 1930s
Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi foreign minister, Address to the German people on England and France
Howard Hughes, American aviator and manufacturer, On the future of aviation
War declared 1939
Broadcast .The invasion of
Declaration of War by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Neville Chamberlain, at 11.15am BBC Announcement by Alvar Lidell
You can imagine what a bitter blow it is to me that my long struggle to win peace has failed..."
Minister Neville Chamberlain: A recording of his Declaration of War against
BBC Nine O'Clock News immediately after Chamberlain's announcement rare recording of the evening news, read by announcer Bruce Belfrage
News - announcer BruceBelfrage describes the
Air raid warnings procedures. BBC Announcements
Cinemas, theatres and places of entertainment to be closed. BBC Announcements
Schools closed for at least a week. Keep off the streets as much as possible.Carry your gas masks with you always. BBC Announcements
Roosevelt proclaims neutrality FD Roosevelt: "Let no man or woman
thoughtlessly or falsely talk of
Winston Churchill: A recording of his first radio address as prime minister, c. 1940. (8.0 Kbps 200K .RA file or 15.2 Kbps 382K .RA file)
Winston Churchill, British prime minister, On the Battle of France
Winston Churchill, British prime minister, Inaugurates the Battle of Britain
Winston Churchill "fight them on the beaches.........."
SOCIETY: A sound file will automatically start playing back an extract of
one of Churchill's war time speeches
and Margaret Rose
Franklin D. Roosevelt, thirty-second
Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme Allied commander, Broadcasts D-Day invasion order
John J. Pershing, American general, Addresses the United States from France
BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET AND VJ-Day 1945
See World War II Multimedia database - on Pacific war speeches including of Churchill
President Harry S. Truman: A recording-Dropping the A-bomb on Japan, c. 1945. (8.0 Kbps 25K .RA file or 15.2 Kbps 50K .RA file )
page is published by Fleet Air Arm Archive and is updated regularly.