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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In western Canada , Japanese signals were intercepted in Victoria on Vancouver
Island and further north on the British Columbia coast . The role of these stations
was to extend the coverage to the vast region of the Alaskan peninsula and the ...
MEC was responsible for the Eighth Army ( Western Desert ) and the Ninth Army (
Palestine and Syria ) and the Western Desert Air Force . The burden brought by a
massive geographical spread was eased somewhat when a separate East ...
Upon first entering the city Japanese troops confined themselves to the Chinese
quarter , though strangling Western business in the process and humiliating
Westerners in any way possible . As well as surrounding it from the outside ,