The Impact Of British Empire On Britain 's War Effort

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Overall Focus: That the British empire played an integral part in Britain’s war effort, which saw members of her commonwealth, as well as colonies, contribute not just war materials and supplies, but millions of soldiers to help protect Britain itself. But, this aid had a steep cost, as it meant that Britain was no longer the power it once was, and in turn paved the way for the empire’s collapse following the war.

Brown, Judith, William Louis, and Alaine Low. The Oxford History of the British Empire: The
Twentieth Century. Vol. 4. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

During the 1930s a trifecta of threats began to ally together, creating a powerful threat not just to Britain, but to the empire as a whole. With Germany, Italy, and Japan setting their sights on Europe, the Mediterranean, and Pacific theatres respectively, Britain and her collection of both dominions and colonies realized that they were woefully underprepared for conflict on an international scale. So, a collection of collaborative efforts began to emerge between many of the member states to aid one another. One of the most notable of which was the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan that emerged during the war, which established bases in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Rhodesia, with the intention of training large amounts of pilots to be able to participate in military campaigns around the world. And, in this particular case, trained hundreds of thousands of pilots that supported the
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