Letter 'shows Neville Chamberlain was unfit to lead Britain to victory'

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A letter from Neville Chamberlain now on display at the Imperial War Museum, London, demonstrates how unfit he was to lead Britain during the Second World War, a historian said.

A pocket diary owned by Chamberlain, also included in the exhibition on the outbreak of war 70 years ago, even shows how he incorrectly entered “War declared” on September 4, 1939, before scribbling over the words and rewriting them under September 3.

The documents shed light on the thinking of the Conservative leader who took Britain to war against Germany but was forced to resign eight months later. Chamberlain died of cancer in November 1940, aged 71.

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