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5.0 out of 5 stars The British Empire and the Second World War
This book is highly illuminating on several neglected and misunderstood aspects of the Second World War. I found the focus on the the defence of the British Empire rather than the usual almost exclusive emphasis on the defence of the British Isles (and later the Western Front starting from Normandy) made many things much more intelligible, especially the importance of the...
Published on 21 Oct 2008 by Robert Cookson

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1.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas in need of an editor
As an enthusiast of empire I was looking forward to reading this book. It proved a disappointment. Apart from numerous spelling mistakes and errors such as "United Stated" instead of "United States". It is repetitive in the extreme with arguments, facts and whole passages being repeated in different chapters. As an example a poor Australian Catalina Pilot and crew are...
Published on 5 April 2008 by Mr. John R. Grieve


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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The British Empire and the Second World War, 21 Oct 2008
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Robert Cookson (Bucks UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The British Empire and the Second World War (Hardcover)
This book is highly illuminating on several neglected and misunderstood aspects of the Second World War. I found the focus on the the defence of the British Empire rather than the usual almost exclusive emphasis on the defence of the British Isles (and later the Western Front starting from Normandy) made many things much more intelligible, especially the importance of the Mediterranean theatre. Usually the North Africa campaign seems somewhat peripheral and unclear in its aims, apart from the dubious idea of the soft under-belly. Here it is vital in protecting Middle East interests including oil and of course the Suez canal route to India and the East.
So I give it full marks. Today's readers do not understand the central importance of Empire to Britain, as indeed it was to France, beyond the mere national boundaries.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas in need of an editor, 5 April 2008
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Mr. John R. Grieve (Burnham, Bucks, UK) - See all my reviews
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As an enthusiast of empire I was looking forward to reading this book. It proved a disappointment. Apart from numerous spelling mistakes and errors such as "United Stated" instead of "United States". It is repetitive in the extreme with arguments, facts and whole passages being repeated in different chapters. As an example a poor Australian Catalina Pilot and crew are shot down three times in different chapters with it being noted each time that the pilot had not even unpacked his kit.
The arguments that the book makes about how Britain needed the Empire to win the war but that many of the war aims had to be dictated by maintaining access to the Empire are good. The problem is that they get lost in the mass of text. A better book of half the length is hiding in this one.
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