Two photos which include Neville Harold Hoare (Father of Val Ryan) in Army uniform, Mr Hoare wrote to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain during the Munich crisis.
In the 1930s Adolph Hitler's rise to power in Germany led to many fearing that another war in Europe could become a reality. Czechoslovakia was Hitler's target in 1938, he demanded that the Sudetenland province of Czechoslovakia become German territory, as an act of appeasement the land was ceded to Germany in the Munich Pact of September 1938. Neville Chamberlain signed the agreement on behalf of the British Government, Hitler for Germany, also representatives from France and Italy. By signing the agreement it was hoped that Hitler would make no more territorial demands and war would be averted.
Chamberlain arrived back at Heston airport on September 30th to a heroes welcome from the waiting crowds, he stepped down from the plane waving the agreement aloft. He then made a speech which was broadcast on the radio, he declared that he had procured "Peace in our time".
He also mentioned the large number of letters he had received, one of which was sent by Mr Hoare, the reply from Chamberlain is seen here.
A year later Britain was once again at war with Germany.
I think the first para should read "include letter from Neville Chamberlain and". My brother Stuart was only 7 months old when this happened and hardly ever saw his father again for the next 7 years of his life. I was born in 1945. But thankfully our father did return but his experiences had a lasting effect on the rest of his life. He always said how sorry he felt for NC as he ated in such good faith and was duped.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014