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 9th BR was raised to train and hold reinforcements, the 1oth BR as a depot
establishment. The 11th and 12th battalions were territorial formations for line of
communication duties and the 13th and 14th battalions were raised from the
In the meantime, they were to organize and train a local defence force. On 12
May 1941 the rest of the regiment arrived at Kuching, billeted in specially
constructed barracks at Batu Lintang, two miles out of the town. The regiment
thus had an ...
The BPF was known as Task Force 57, and its Fleet Train as Task Force 113 (
combined, they were Task Force 112). It operated as part of Spruance's American
5th Fleet. The Fleet Train was of great importance, because American naval ...
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