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 Chinese community was the most violently opposed to Japanese occupation
, no surprise given the suffering of the mother ... Japan's invasion of China in
1937 drew the British territories of South-East Asia and the Far East into a
British policy in the face of Japan's manifest aggression against China had been
to not rock the boat, and to do all possible to try and preserve British interests by
conf1ning Japanese expansion and quietly offering what little financial and ...
first to contain and then beat back the protrusions of Japanese power that darted
across the eastern world in the four months ... China had been at war with Japan
for some years before December 1941, from which date a period of rapid and ...
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