How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing.
1938 Radio broadcast, 27 Sep, referring to Germany's annexation of the Sudetenland.
In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers.(Arthur) Neville Chamberlain
This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper that bears his name upon it as well as mine: 'We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German naval agreement, as symbolic of the desire of our two people never to go to war with one another again.'(Arthur) Neville Chamberlain
We should seek byall means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. I cannot believe that such a programme would be rejected by the people of this country, even if it does mean the establishment of personal contact with the dictators.(Arthur) Neville Chamberlain
Whatever may bethereasonwhether it wasthat Hitler thought hemight get away with what hehad got without fighting for it, or whether it was that after all the preparations were not sufficiently completehowever, one thing is certainhe missed the bus.(Arthur) Neville Chamberlain
This morning, the British ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that, unless we heard from them by11o'clock, that they were prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us. I have to tell you that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany.(Arthur) Neville Chamberlain