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A telegram instructing Royal Navy ships to 'commence hostilities' against Germany just two minutes after the Second World War had been declared has been unearthed.<br />
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The coded missive was issued by the Admiralty in London to the Commander in Chief of the navy's home fleet at 11.17am on September 3, 1939. <br />
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An original copy of the order has emerged from the family of the wireless operator who took it down and dispatched it.