1936 was a politically turbulent year in both Britain and Europe:
In May, Italian forces captured Addis Ababa in the culmination of what was known as 'The Abyssinia Crisis';
In July, the Spanish Civil War broke out;
In December, following a prolonged period of constitutional crisis, King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcée.
Listen on Spotify to Edward Vlll's abdication address