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.
Results 1-3 of 75
British imperial victory in Burma in 1945 rested squarely on the ability to supply
large concentrations of troops not accessible by overland supply routes. The
Burma campaign became justly known as one in which the air supply of Allied
north from Nong Pladuk in Thailand, through 260 miles of mountainous jungle to
Thanbyuzayat in Burma. Though renowned for its horror and the death of a
worker for every sleeper laid, experiences on the Burma-Thailand railway were
formation in April 1942 the Order of Battle of Burma Corps showed a fighting
strength of 13,700 British, 37,000 Indian and 12,300 Burmese soldiers. At sea,
Burma fell within the area of the Eastern Fleet, though, since its main capital
ships had ...