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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European hostesses set up clubs for troops on leave , there were always officers
lounging in wicker easy - chairs on the veranda of Shepherd ' s Hotel , and the
nightclubs and brothels boomed . Since 1922 Egypt had been an independent ...
... remain in a loose orbit of British influence , even if it decided to leave the
Commonwealth , and it was hoped that defence agreements would give the
British a continued say in India ' s defence and security , and the base facilities to
Almost as hastily as he had arrived , Wavell had to leave his headquarters . The
decision was taken to disband the command on 25 February 1942 . Before it was
finally wound up , the major action of ABDA ' s brief life took place on 27 - 28 ...