Vincent Massey's Dominion Day message
"Germany has invaded Poland." With those words spoken on Sept. 1, 1939 on CBC Radio, listeners knew the Second World War had begun. While this was distressing news for worried Canadians, it wasn't a surprise. For more than a year, it had become increasingly clear that war was on the horizon. CBC Digital Archives presents several radio broadcasts chronicling the coming of the Second World War, from Neville Chamberlain's hopes for peace in 1938 to Canadian troops departing for Europe in December 1939.
• (Note: The photo shown here is of Vincent Massey and his wife, Alice Massey, taken during the 1930s.)
Program: CBC Radio Special
Broadcast Date: July 1, 1939
Speaker: Vincent Massey
Photo: Photo of Vincent Massey and his wife, Alice Massey, taken during the 1930s, courtesy of Library and Archives Canada / e002282945
Last updated: April 25, 2012
Page consulted on March 20, 2013
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