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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As a result of this demand for its produce , the island ' s revenue increased by
over 100 per cent during the war . Trinidad ' s oil was an important strategic
resource . In December 1942 , for example , Convoy TMi carried 25 million
gallons of ...
Some industries faced collapse as others experienced booming demand for their
produce . Africa ' s dependence upon imports was underlined as British
production was geared towards war - meaning that the imperial centre was far
less able ...
This , and demand for other ' war ' crops , led the settlers who controlled the
industry to demand labour conscripts and modern agricultural machinery . In
February 1942 the governor asked London for special powers of conscription .