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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Thereafter , with fighting in the region escalating following the arrival of German
forces , tens of thousands more pioneers were needed , and recruitment in 1941 -
42 shifted to all parts of British sub - Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean .
Having by April 1941 secured the strategic objective of ridding the Red Sea of
enemy forces and making it safe for ... but a force left in Abyssinia that was
considered sufficient to conclude the campaign and secure final and total Italian
Australian forces were crucial in this early period , being well trained , seasoned
by ... Forces serving under General MacArthur ' s South - West Pacific Area (
SWPA ) advanced through the Solomons and then the eastern archipelago ,