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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Inflation increased working-class and white-collar discontent, though major strike
activity was curbed by the lack of encouragement from political parties and the
Defence Regulations and Avoidance of Strikes and Lockouts Act. Mauritius ...
Operation Kedgeree in August 1941 and Operation Bell- ringer in October 1941,
for example, were aimed at Vichy convoys and made use of Mauritian facilities.
The latter consisted of a convoy from Tamatave, Madagascar, bound for France ...
neighbouring countries like Madagascar, from where fresh meat had been
obtained before enmity between Britain and Vichy severed it as a source of
supply, and the Mauritian dependency of the Agalega Islands, from where oil
foods had ...