Lead:  On September 3, 1939 Britain found itself at war with Germany for the second time in a quarter century. Because of air power the frontlines of war were no long far from the homefront.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The first air-raid sirens sounded in London twenty-seven minutes after the announcement of war. It turned out to be a false alarm, a French aircraft accidentally wandered into British air space, but it was omen for the future. For the next six years, the home front was the front line. In the twentieth century, no longer would civilians be spared the direct experience of war. Mothers and their sons fought on battlefields of other’s devising.

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