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 valuable spin - offs from copper - mining , including the development
of underground mines at Broken Hill ... In the five decades since the imposition of
colonial rule in Central Africa , Nyasaland had developed as a supplier of ...
Roads , railways , airstrips and all manner of military and communication
installations had to be developed in Bengal and Assam . In December 1941 , for
example , the Commander - in - Chief India , General Wavell , arranged for the
Chittagong was developed as a tanker port for oil deliveries . Pipelines were laid
to deliver oil to the other main locus of India ' s war against Japan in north - east
Assam . In 1943 American forces began a project to build 850 barges , each with