|Preparing for War - 1938 (author's photo)
In Berlin, the British ultimatum was read aloud to Hitler by Dr. Schmidt, the official translator at the German Foreign Ministry. The Fuhrer sat immobile and gazed in silence. After what seemed a long interval, he turned to Foreign Minister Ribbentrop, who was also present and asked "What now?" According to Schmidt, Hitler had a savage look to his face, as though implying that Ribbentrop had misled him as to the probable British reaction. Ribbentrop answered quietly "I assume that the French will hand in a similar ultimatum within the hour."
|Advice on Shelters (author's photo)
|The spectre of Poison Gas (author's photo)
|Confirming the news (author's collection)
|Churchill in defiant mood (IWM)