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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Special Operations Executive established a North American base in September
1941 when a property was purchased near Oshawa on the north shore of Lake
Ontario . " 7 This became Special Training School ( STS ) 103 , which prepared ...
There were two main areas of U - boat attack , one between Cape Hatteras in the
American state of North Carolina and the St Lawrence River in Canada , and the
other around the British island of Trinidad . A particular U - boat favourite were ...
Thus war came to Africa . Attacks were launched on British positions in Egypt ,
Kenya , Somaliland and the Sudan , beginning a war affecting most of north and
east Africa that was to last for three years and become the main theatre of British