On this day 70 years ago, Britain and France declared war on Germany for attacking their ally Poland. Germany had broken promise after promise in the preceding years. The attack on Poland was the last straw. Two years earlier, France and Britain had the choice of supporting Czechoslovakia when Germany threatened it. But the people in the Democracies feared war and believed it was possible to negotiate with Hitler to avoid war. How ironic.
I find this photo very poignant. It shows a son breaking free from his mother's hands and reaching out for his father. It would be 6 years before the son would see his father again, if he survived.
The troops are Canadian btw. And the photo taken from iconic photos blog.