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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... echelon' imperial military power. These were the soldiers of the Service - the
non front-line fighting - branches of the British Army. The Middle East and
Mediterranean campaigns of fighting formations like the Eighth Army were
founded upon ...
They defended British West Africa from attack from Vichy territory, helped take
Madagascar, and went to the Middle East as Pioneers and to the Far East to fight
Japan.' Beyond these martial triumphs, Africa had also played a very significant ...
Fijians had a long tradition of warfare, and in attracting men to fight in the Second
World War traditional recruitment methods were employed, as was the still-extant
association of fighting with things honourable, noble and brave (though this ...
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