This was the day Poland was invaded by Germany and Russia 70 years ago, marking the start of the Second World War. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later, on September 3.
Those wartime memories have now made Vera Lynn the oldest artiste to hit the charts. At the age of 92, she is back on the British album charts with a collection of her wartime songs, We’ll Meet Again, entering at No 20. We’ll Meet Again is a lovely song.
But just as sweet is the German wartime song, Lili Marlene. Here Vera Lynn sings it in English.
The poet WH Auden marked the day with this poem.
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September 1, 1939