The British Empire and the Second World War
In 1939 Hitler went to war not just with Great Britain; he also went to war with the whole of the British Empire, the greatest empire that there had ever been. In the years since 1945 that empire has disappeared, and the crucial fact that the British Empire fought together as a whole during the war has been forgotten. All the parts of the empire joined the struggle and were involved in it from the beginning, undergoing huge changes and sometimes suffering great losses as a result. The war in the desert, the defence of Malta and the Malayan campaign, and the contribution of the empire as a whole in terms of supplies, communications and troops, all reflect the strategic importance of Britain's imperial status. Men and women not only from Australia, New Zealand and India but from many parts of Africa and the Middle East all played their part. Winston Churchill saw the war throughout in imperial terms. The British Empire and the Second World War emphasises a central fact about the Second World War that is often forgotten.
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Preface The British Empire defined Britain's war between 1939 and 1945. It was
a war fought in imperial theatres by imperial forces, all of which were dependent
upon sea power and Britain's capacity to move food, goods, munitions and troops
The Irish Free State was also a Dominion, though not one usually bracketed with
Britain and the other Dominions in discussions about imperial defence and
imperial policy. It was a reluctant member of the Commonwealth and insisted on
1 In Britain the war is primarily remembered as a European struggle, an
understandable perspective born of geography and the close proximity of would-
be invaders. This is not to say that some of the war's imperial landmarks are not ...
And of course, had Britain been defeated, every territory of the Empire would
have changed hands and fallen under the sway of new imperial masters, as the
largest imperial estate in history went under the auctioneer's hammer. Different ...
The Approach of War It was not because of any criminal oversight that Britain was
so poorly placed to meet the challenges ... If Britain was lucky and escaped the
war as an independent nation state, it might retain an imperial rump, though this ...
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11 The Islands of the Indian Ocean
12 India and Burma
13 SouthEast Asia and the Far East
14 Australia and New Zealand
15 The Pacific
9 SubSaharan Africa
10 The Indian Ocean