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 during the inter - war years links remained strong and British financial
power considerable . During the war Britain imposed controls on trade with South
America , given its neutrality and the considerable Axis interests in the region ...
The treaty ' s provisos , however , meant that Britain remained the main arbiter of
the country ' s external and military affairs . Though British troops had left the
country by 1937 , the right remained to transit troops through Iraq should the
The dock remained on the bottom for another twenty - five years . The First Sea
Lord , Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham , was so angry that he ensured that
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