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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There were ' Tribal class destroyers ( such as HMS Afridi , Ashanti and Hakka ) , '
Colony class cruisers ( such as HMS Mauritius , Nigeria , Trinidad and Uganda ) ,
and “ Ruler ' class escort carriers ( such as HMS Khedive , Nabob , Rajah and ...
The War Cabinet hastily reinforced the fleet following the loss of Singapore , so
that by the end of March 1942 Admiral Somerville had five battleships , two fleet
carriers ( Indomitable and Formidable ) , the vintage carrier HMS Hermes , seven
Slightly more cheering was the news of the air defence that had greeted the
Japanese carrier - borne aircraft when they had ... At the beginning of April
Nagumo steamed towards Ceylon with the First Air Fleet ' s five fleet carriers and
the 3rd ...