I turned on the wireless. I heard the familiar friendly voice of our Prime Minister. Neville Chamberlain. I wasn’t paying much attention to what he was saying I thought it would be some boring thing about politics. Never in a million years would I have guessed that it was about going to war with Germany. I thought Hitler signed the “Peace in our time” paper. Meaning he wouldn’t invade Poland and Czechoslovakia which he did and we wouldn’t go to war with them. Well this is just great. WW1 was bad enough to fight in I can’t wait for this!
I twisted the dial on the wireless and sat down ready to listen. I don’t really know why I listen to it, it’s soooo boring especially for a 16 year old…. But I do it because I wake up early and that is the only thing to do!
“Neville Chamberlain here. I’m awfully upset and scared. Hitler LIED, he’s gone too far and has now invaded Poland. WE ARE AT WAR!” My skin shivers as though spiders are tip toeing down my spine. Wait does this mean…. I will have to fight. Tears prick at the corner of my bloodshot eyes.
“Oi Johnny,” said the local newspaper seller. “‘ave you ‘eard the news?”
“No, Graham, I just came from school,” I said. “Miss Greenwood was giving me a right ‘eadache!”
He stopped me from nicking one of the papers.
“You’ll ‘ave to pay to have that!” Graham said. I reached into his pocket for some money.
“I’m skint!” He chuckled. “Maybe next time ‘eh sonny?”
“The wireless!” I exclaimed. I ran home as fast as I could – my heart pounding against my chest. Panting out of breath, I rang the doorbell.
“There you are!” mother said. I turned on the wireless….
My ed in panic because you Neva know what Neville chamberlain was about to announce on the wireless. Yet this time it was worse. I ad already been in one war and lost me son and bruva, one fifteen and the other thirty six years yet I,am still the only survivin family memba. Me wife died on the front line as a nurse sir. But chamberlain was a good old lad and couldn’t say this after itler sighed Daht bloomin paper, well it obviously weren’t enough we’re it sir I fink he should be ask a couple a questions dont mister… the alarms screamed for a bomb.
Read it in an excent (east londerner)
I sat twitching nervously, hovering over the wireless.So many rumours had spread, so many i hoped WEREN’ true. As a child who had lost her father in WW1 I did NOT want my children at war. Besides Adolf… erm whatever had signed the “Peace of our time.” treaty.Though now i think about it he did invade the two specific country’s we asked him not to. I switched the dial clutching onto my husband’s hand shakily. The humble soft voice of Neville Chamberlain echoed through the speakers. I was living in my own nightmare.The painful sound of sirens began to wail…
We turned on the wireless on and we heard the priminister speaking he sounded upset as if it had come the thing we feared most WAR. He lied to us all wafting the paper around as if we had won something but no know we are going to war as the traitor said. At this very moment Poland has just been stolen and that was the last straw. We heard that the German people have broken a treaty probably the worst one the treaty of Versaille. The German leader has no idea what is coming, his name is Adolf Hitler.
We turned on the wireless, the house was full of neighbours wanting to hear the news. Then we heard the crackling voice of Neville Chamberlain, who had recently signed the peace treaty with Germany. War! Young men looked excited. Finally, they would get their chance to serve their country. Older men looked pityingly at them, thinking of how much they had suffered. Women looked at their husbands pleadingly. Suddenly a piercing sound cut through everyone’s discussions. Panicking, people rushed onto the streets, alarmed by the sudden warning of danger to come. This was what war was: confusing, abrupt and dangerous.
I turned on the wireless set, it crackled into life then the familiar voice of our ‘friend’ Mr Chamberlaine filled the room. What did the old grunt bag have to say now? Germany has successfully invaded Poland! Finally ,the moment I have been waiting for , the moment that my empire will be once again known for bravery. Not known for losing a war.Finally the words I longed to hear blasted in my half deaf ears.”We are tied up in war with Germany “We are the strongest nation we have the potential to win! I am Adolf Hitler and I will not fail Germany.
It was around eleven fifteen when I reached out to turn the only knob on our grubby wireless. Today was the day, the day that we found out our country’s fate. The knots in my stomach tightened. I am just another woman a woman prepared for the worst. The muffled sound blurted out and sent shivers running down my spine. The sound of Chamberlian’s voice. The last stoke of Big Ben was now in the past. The distressed thoughts ran through my mind, all I could do was prey, prey that Hitler’s mistakes would not cost me my family.
“Mum can you pass me the salt,”. “Sssshh Che, I’m trying to listen to the wireless,… it’s Chamberlain” the whole room went silent! A moment later, he announced
“England is at war with Germany”!!! my blood ran cold, I started to panic, I ran across room trying to get out of the house. My Dad reassured me that it was going to be ok… My Mum on the other hand was worried that we could all die or get seriously injured. My Brother was excited but terrified, he had to fight in the war, would he come back a Hero or die!?!
We turned on the wireless, everyone from the neighbouring houses to the local church all crammed into one thatched cottage the only for miles, who could afford such a luxury.
As the widowed owner of the house announced that the speech was about to begin the room fell silent. Everyone listened to the gentle hum of the wireless whirring . Then the husky voice of Winston Churchill greeted the hundreds, thousands listening , all waiting for this moment… the moment of truth… “Britain is at war with Germany.” Followed by air raid sirens, everyone knew WW2 had begun.
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