Click on the link here for Audio Player: BBC News – August 31, 1939
Despite opinion in some circles that war could be avoided, preparations were put in high gear for what was the inevitable. Here is the 5:30 pm newscast from the BBC World Service on August 31, 1939. The latest assessment of German reaction, preparations for war and the evacuation of children from cities and industrial centers where aerial bombing would be likely.
All in all, not an optimistic day in history.