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Genome: [r4 Bd=19680219]The Munich Agreement by Sir Alec Douglas-Home , M.P.

On September 29, 1938, Sir Alec Douglas-Home (then Lord Dunglass, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister) flew to Munich with Neville Chamberlain to meet Hitler and Mussolini.

In conversation with DOUGLAS MUGGERIDGE, Sir Alec recalls the events, personalities, and atmosphere of that crucial summit meeting of thirty years ago.

Produced by Michael Diamond

Broadcast in the BBC World Service

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680219] Interviewee: Sir Alec Douglas-Home

Presenter: Douglas Muggeridge

Produced by: Michael Diamond

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680223]A series of programmes in which major historical events are recounted by well-known eyewitnesses.

The Munich Agreement by Sir Alec Douglas-Home , M.P.

Monday's broadcast

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680223] Unknown: Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Genome: [r4 Bd=19680304]Atom Bomb on Nagasaki witnessed by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire V.C.

In an interview with Michael DIAMOND , Cheshire describes what it was like to witness this bombing and gives his views on the controversial question of whether the war with Japan would have ended in 1945 without the destruction of two Japanese cities by nuclear weapons.

Broadcast in the BBC World Service

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680304] Unknown: Captain Leonard Cheshire

Unknown: Michael Diamond

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680318]The Signing of the Treaty of Versailles

June 28, 1919 recalled by W. N. Ewer

He talks to MICHAEL DIAMOND about that historic occasion at Versailles which formally brought the First World War to an end and which he attended as a young reporter for the London Daily Herald.

Broadcast in the BBC World Service

Repeated: Friday, 4.30 p.m.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680318] Recalled By: W. N. Ewer
Genome: [r4 Bd=19680322]The Signing of the Treaty of Versailles

June 28, 1919 recalled by W. M. Ewer

Monday's broadcast

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680322] Recalled By: W. M. Ewer
Genome: [r4 Bd=19680329]The Burning of the Reichstag

February 27, 1933 witnessed by Sefton Delmer

Monday's broadcast

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680329] Unknown: Sefton Delmer
Genome: [r4 Bd=19680808]The Fall of Madrid

by René MacColl

Chief Foreign Correspondent of the Daily Express

On March 28, 1939, when Madrid. the symbol of Spanish republican resistance, fell to Franco's forces, Rene MacColl was with them. He arrived with them in Madrid by tube train.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680808] Unknown: Rene MacColl
Genome: [r4 Bd=19680809]The Bomb in the Wolf's Lair

General Walter Warlimont was standing a few feet away from Hitler when the bomb attempt on his life was made by Count Stauffenbert; in the Wolf's Lair. Hitler's secret H.Q. in East Prussia, on July 20, ]944.

He tells TERENCE PRITTIE, Diplomatic Correspondent of The Guardian, what it felt like

† Shortened version of the broadcast on March 23, 1967

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680809] Unknown: General Walter Warlimont
Genome: [r4 Bd=19680812]A series in which major historical events are recounted by well-known eye-witnesses.

The Bridge on the River Gorgopotamos The Hon. Christopher M. Woodhouse, D.S.O. f recalls an important sabotage operation carried out by a group of British parachutists and Gree.k guerrillas in German-occupied Greece in the autumn of 1942 This daring operation cut the supply lines of Rommel's Afrika Korps. which ran through the Greek mainland and Crete, at a time when the Germans were being pushed back by the Eighth Army towards Tripolitania.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680814]Shooting at Sharpeville

recalled by Ian Berry then a photographer on the African magazine Drum

On March 21, 1960, South African policemen in a fenced compound at the African township of Sharpeville fired on a crowd of Africans pressing up against the fence. Sixty-seven were killed, many more wounded. The event shocked the world and turned relations between black and white in South Africa, and between South Africa and the rest of the world, on to a new and more hate-filled course.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19680814] Recalled By: Ian Berry
Genome: [r4 Bd=19690118]C. BARRINGTON GYFORD recalls the Yokohama earthquake of 1923 From the BBC Sound Archives