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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After heavy bombing in June 1941 , there were mass evacuations of between fifty
and seventy thousand people from ... In the West Indies thousands of islanders
found work overseas , particularly in the agricultural industries of eastern ...
The first elements of the 1st Division had left for Britain by Christmas . Prior to its
invasion by hundreds of thousands of American soldiers and airmen , Britain was
to be ' softened up ' by the arrival of tens of thousands of their North American ...
Working among Malaya ' s sizeable Indian community , it was a significant
organization in the eyes of thousands of Indians . For many Indians , Bose is as
important a figure as Nehru or Gandhi in the struggle for Indian freedom , firm in