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 this , as in all other major theatres of war , the Middle East saw an enormous
build up of ' rear echelon ' imperial military power . These were the soldiers of the
Service – the non front - line fighting – branches of the British Army . The Middle ...
Because of this dual capacity sub - Saharan Africa found an important though
usually overlooked role as a source of manpower , food and strategic raw
materials for Britain and the fighting fronts . The continent was also the scene of
Such ' friendly ' invasions , though not as deadly as invasion by the enemy and
subsequent fighting when Allied forces arrived , were nevertheless extremely
disruptive and opened insular communities to all manner of intrusions from the ...