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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Though the territories of the British Empire had been involved in world wars
before , the Second World War was to demand a greater mobilization than ever ,
touching more lives than any previous conflict . Simple military measures , which
It would be a mistake to think that in this part of Africa , or any other , the war was
a distant factor with a limited presence in peoples lives , or an abstract concept
that many were unable to grasp . Tangible effects were experienced by all – the ...
On 16 September 1942 he told the Fijian people that the war was being fought '
to preserve for you the freedom to live your lives according to the traditions and
ceremonies you so rightly value very highly ' . Fiji ' s loyal response to the