A mere fifteen years after the end of WWI, the World witnessed the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, when he became Chancellor of Germany in 1933. The Second World War is widely accepted to have begun in 1939, when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declared that Britain was at war with Germany. Within hours, Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies made the announcement that this country was also at war.

As before, music played a great part in the upkeep of morale, for both the public at home and the brave soldiers, sailors and airmen involved in the conflict.

In this collection of contemporaneous recordings, you can hear the songs that lifted the spirits of the public and the armed forces alike. From the comic (Der Führer’s Face, Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major) to the sentimental (We’ll Meet Again, White Cliffs Of Dover), from the optimistic ([We’re Gonna Hang Out] The Washing On The Siegfried Line, When The Lights Go On Again [All Over The World]) to the songs of army life (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, This Is The Army, Mister Jones) we have collected the songs that we think encapsulates the feeling of the times and helped Australian, New Zealand, American and British troops through what is considered “our darkest hour”.

01. Announcement Of The Outbreak Of War

: Prime Minister Robert Menzies

02. We’ll Meet Again: Vera Lynn

03. Bless ‘em All: George Formby

04. Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye)

: Gracie Fields

05. (We’re Gonna Hang Out) The Washing On The

Siegfried Line : Flanagan & Allen

06. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy : The Andrews Sisters

07. G.I. Jive : Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five

08. Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer

: The Four Vagabonds

09. I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen

: Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye (vocal Don Cornell)

10. I’ll Be Seeing You

: Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Frank Sinatra

11. Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major

: Billy Cotton & His Band (vocal Alan Breeze)

12. Lili Marlene : Anne Shelton

13. This Is The Army, Mr Jones : Irving Berlin

14. Der Führer’s Face : Spike Jones & His City Slickers

15. When The Lights Go On Again All Over The World

: Vaughn Monroe

16. The White Cliffs Of Dover : Vera Lynn

17. Obey Your Air Raid Warden

: Tony Pastor & His Orchestra

18. He Wears A Pair Of Silver Wings : Dinah Shore

19. American Patrol : Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

20. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

: Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson

21. When They Sound The Last ‘All Clear’ : Vera Lynn

22. Victory In Europe Announcement

: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill