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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A group of his followers called the Patriots were trained and aided by a Special
Operations Executive mission that planned to help him gain a secure area inside
his kingdom from which to operate and establish contact with the anti - Italian ...
Slatter ' s air force was often called upon to support the Abyssinian Patriots , who
greatly valued the sight and sound of friendly aircraft . The SDF took part in the
imperial campaign in Eritrea and Abyssinia , and also provided a Frontier ...
An outdoor fair called ' London Calling ' was held at the Racecourse , and there
was a floating extravaganza on Colombo harbour called ' Harbour Lights ' , with
two Royal Navy cruisers dressed overall entertaining visitors and a Royal ...