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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The French Mediterranean squadron based on Toulon guarded the western end
of the sea , and together with the British fleet in the eastern and central
Mediterranean , held the Italian fleet in check . In North Africa and the Levant
there were ...
The FAA sank a French transport bringing reinforcements to Syria , and British
aircraft were successful in searching sea lanes and attacking enemy shipping
bound for Beirut . The RAF under Air Commodore L . O . Brown , Air Officer ...
The Anglo - French condominium governing the New Hebrides was difficult to
operate during the war given the status of France and French overseas territory
following the establishment of the Vichy regime . The French resident eventually