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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Britain's intention was to retake Hong Kong and develop it as a major entrepot
between the China and the West - a new Shanghai and new capitalist
powerhouse. This was why Churchill and the Chiefs of Staff, as the end of the war
in the East ...
Possible suitors for a defensive alliance, like the Chinese nationalists and the
Chinese communists, were spurned until the eleventh hour, the British
administration of Hong Kong as much aware of the potential pitfalls in such
alliances as they ...
What the Canadian government did not realize was that Hong Kong's defence
rating by the British government meant that it was still classified as an 'outpost',
and therefore unlikely to be strongly reinforced in the face of an attack. In their
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