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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Even at the worst point during the siege of Malta , the island never ceased to be a
base of active naval operations against the enemy , although there were long
periods when surface ships could not use the harbour . In October 1941 , for ...
Inter - Services Liaison Department ( ISLD ) , mounted missions in occupied
territory , for example transferring agents to Penang Island aboard HMS Tactician
. As in most others parts of the world , no love was lost between SOE and MI6 .
The Japanese occupation of the Gilbert Islands presented an air threat to the
American - Australian sea route , and from late 1943 the Americans ... Nauru was
an Australian Mandate and Ocean Island was part of the British Gilbert Islands .