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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This great expansion of East Africa ' s military structure meant that the dictums ,
doctrines and prejudices underpinning peace - time recruitment had to be
revised , rejected or suspended in the name of military expediency . There were
But the 1943 ban on unrestricted military recruitment was really a demonstration
of settler power in the Legislative Council , for the bottom line was that settlers
depended on cheap African labour . Some historians have suggested that East ...
situation of American military dominance and continued British political control
that arose in places like Fiji , great sensitivity was demanded of administrators
and commanders on the spot . In the case of Fiji , Sir Philip Mitchell , previously ...