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This track covers a lot of ground, using the soundbytes at the beginning to convey the political and military positions that were changing on a daily basis at the time. After the declaration of war on Germany, on 3rd September, 1939, as featured in Track 3 'The World Prepares', the British public entered into a surreal period which became known as the 'Phoney War'. While the war raged in eastern Europe, Britain and France remained quiet, although in a state of war. Due to the Nazi-Soviet pact, a nonaggression treaty (signed on the 23rd August, 1939) that divided eastern Europe into agreed-upon German and Soviet spheres of influence, the focus of the conflict remained in eastern Europe. Poland was divided and fell under German and Soviet control, while Estonia and Latvia were controlled by the Soviets.

Another interest that fell under the Soviets was Finland. The Soviet Union attacked Finland, and the Allies engaged the Germans in Norway. The Allies (British and French) failure to stop the Germans from obtaining Norway would lead to the downfall of the British government, and swing the conflict to western Europe and the old battle fields of the past.

Winston Churchill (The First Admiral): "The news that has come from Montevideo has been received with thankfulness in our Island, and with unconcealed satisfaction throughout the greater part of the world. The pocket battleship The Graf Spee, which has been for many weeks in the south Atlantic, has met her doom."

On 20th January 1940, the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill made a radio broadcast from London. The broadcast informed the nation of the 'War Situation' after the first five months of the conflict. He end the broadcast with : "The day will come when the joybells will ring again throughout Europe, and when victorious nations, masters not only of their foes but of themselves, will plan and build in justice, in tradition, and in freedom a house of many mansions where there will be room for all." (The complete speech).

A radio announcer: "It was about dawn, that the first reports came in saying that German troops have crossed the frontier into Denmark. At the same time attacks were being delivered from the sea at some of Norway's biggest ports. The Oslo radio is still working."

Chamberlain (The British PM): "I sought an audience with the king, tendered to him my resignation, which his Majesty has been pleased to accept."

The Norwegian Campaign was an attempt to stop Norway falling into German hands. But Hitler gained Norway and in the House Of Commons, during the 'Norway debate' (7th/8th of May 1940), determined the downfall of Chamberlain. Now the focus of Hitler's war machine was the Western front, and on May the 10th, 1940, the Netherlands were invaded.

A Radio announcer: "This is the BBC home service. The German army invaded Belgium and Holland early this morning by land and landing from parachutes. The armies of the low countries are resisting. Their appeals for help have been to the Allied governments and Allied troops are moving to their support."

On the 13th May 1940, Winston Churchill made his first speech as Prime Minister in the House of Commoms and stated : "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." (The complete speech).

On 19th May 1940 Winston Churchill made his first radio broadcast to the British people, as Prime Minister. : "Having received his Majesty's commission. I have formed an administration of men and women from every party and from nearly every point of view. We have differed and quarrelled in the past, but now one bond unites us all, to wage war until victory is won. And never to surrender ourselves to servitude and shame. What ever the cost maybe." (The complete broadcast).

A radio announcer: "We have nothing to hide. We're fighting our war in the open! Our propaganda is true!"

The song looks at the reasons the war had been allowed to reach this stage, as soldiers, or pawns, take their positions for the conflict. How Hitler was "given an inch", and "took a mile." The price of appeasement of Hitler's expansion in central Europe, and his growing greed for more power across Europe. The Allies had the chance to stop him when he was weak, but decided not to act. The first verse sums up the view of apathy taken by the politicians that caused the avoidable position of two armies confronting each other in northern Europe... again.


We gave them an inch and they took a mile.
We let it happen, just stood by and wore a complacent smile.
We did nothing and we let them take it all.
Now it's too late and I feel we're heading for a fall.
We're in their way now and the lines are drawn,
to the front line men, is the call.
Goodbye, good luck boys, or should I say, sacrificial pawns.
Soldiers or pawns?
To the generals you're all the same boys,
to them it was just a game.
Never mind son soldier on.
Soldier on, soldier on, soldier on, soldier on, soldier on.

And men will die and countries will fall.
We've made a mistake now that could mean the end of it all,
no time to build a wall.
But Tommy's too young and he's not yet ready to die,
and Tommy's too young and he's just got to survive.
Got to try and stay alive.
Fear's the worst that he has to face,
I can see that by the look upon his face.
While we watch this concluding part of this saga that is tearing us apart.
Soldiers and pawns to the Generals you're all the same boys,
to them it was just a game.

Lets soldier on.
Soldier on, soldier on, soldier on, soldier on, soldier on.
Soldiers and pawns? To the Generals you're all the same boys.
To them it was just a game. Soldier on.
Soldier on, soldier on, soldier on, soldier on, soldier on Tom.

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