King George VI said, "In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history, I send to every household of my peoples, both at home and overseas, this message, spoken with the same depths of feeling for each one of you as if I were able to cross your thresholds and speak to you myself. . . . We are at war."

As the big guns began to go off, monarchs and ministers, dictators and presidents, said what they had to say. Soon the tumult of war would be too loud to let...

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