Troops of the BEF embark for France during October 1939.
War in Britain!
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01/09/1939 In Britain, general mobilisation declared.
02/09/1939 National Service Act passed in Britain.
03/09/1939 After Germany rejects the Anglo-French ultimatum of 1st September, which called for the withdrawal of all German forces from Poland, Britain declares war on Germany at 11am.
07/09/1939 King George VI gives assent to National Registration Bill, providing government control over labour and introducing identity cards.
09/09/1939 Chamberlain’s Cabinet plans for a 3 year war.
19/09/1939 First British casualty list published.
27/09/1939 Sir John Simon’s first war budget, income tax up to 7s 6d in the .
 
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01/10/1939 British men between 20 and 22 now liable for conscription.
09/10/1939 Chamberlain announces committee of ministers to co-ordinate the economy.
 
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04/11/1939 Rear-Admiral Hugh Sinclair, head of British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), died of cancer. Succeeded by his deputy, Colonel Stewart Menzies.
11/11/1939 Queen Elizabeth broadcasted a message to the women of the Empire, calling them to join the war effort.
21/11/1939 Prime Minister Chamberlain imposes an embargo on all German trade, with goods currently in Britain, but destined for shipment to Germany to be confiscated.
 
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18/12/1939 The first Canadian troops arrive in Britain.
 

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