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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The more famous gallant and disastrous deployment of Canadian forces
occurred in August 1942, when nearly 5000 Canadians of the 2nd Division
based in Sussex were chosen as the spearhead of a daring amphibious raid
mounted against ...
At the time of the raid Lucia, preparing to load torpedoes onto the submarine
HMS Trusty moored alongside, was hit by a bomb that went right through her
deck and out through the bottom of the ship without exploding. As an eyewitness
These incidents provoked debate about evacuation and the provision of public
air raid shelters. The most serious raid was that visited upon Darwin in February
1942. This disrupted Allied communications and supply routes, and was bad ...
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