|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)|