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Neville Chamberlain was the Prime Minister of the UK from 1937 to 1940. He was the leader of the Conservative Party which was the leading party in the National Government at the time.

AppeasementEdit

Chamberlain is often labelled as being a weak Premier because of his policies of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler and the rest of 'em. However, appeasement had been going on since the mid 1920s with international agreements such as the Dawes and Young Plans to help Germany with her compensation payments for World War I. Unfortunately for Chamberlain, he found himself stuck with the label of appeasement following Britain's inaction of German occupation in Austria and Czechoslovakia, ending in the overall failure of appeasement to keep the peace following the German invasion of Poland on 1st September 1939.

The start of warEdit

Chamberlain was Prime Minister when the war started after Hitler launched an unprovoked attack on Poland. Below is a quote from the historic speech he gave at the outbreak of the war.

This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final note stating that, unless we heard from them by 11 o'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 now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany. [1]

More of the Speech

Chamberlain led the United Kingdom at the start of the war but Parliament and the country lost confidence in him. Finally on the 10th of May 1940 Winston Churchill took over.

Chamberlain and Bush comparedEdit

Republicans like to pretend people who don't support the Iraq war are like Neville Chamberlain, but Republicans don't realise that Chamberlain was following what his country wanted. George W. Bush just blamed 9/11 on Iraq to gain support from his country to make it look as if he was doing what they wanted.

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