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1What substance is there in the charge that Britain betrayed Australia in 1942 IE Historically accurate is such a view To what extent was Britain responsibity for the failure of the Singapore strategy To what extent must Australian governments of the time accept responsibility 2What do the enduring controversies in Australia about the Singapore campaign tell us about the relationship between memory of war national identity and politics World War Two created a new world order The balance of power shifted from a strong British power to an even stronger American and Russian power The collapse of the Singapore was a sharp reminder of this new world order for Australia Before World War Two Australia had a very strong link with Britain This imperial link was well received in both Britain and Australia The strong belief expressed by Australians in the years after 1945 was that Australia was betrayed by Britain when they could no longer support plans for the Singapore strategy which resulted in the collapse of Singapore This popular myth does not represent Australias significant role in this Historical event The gaping holes in the Singapore strategy should have been addressed extensively by both Britain and Australia Australia should take equal responsibility in this unfortunate demise of Singapore The events of World War Two including the Singapore strategy encouraged Australia to develop and promote an identity which was separate from Britain Issues linking the different interpretations of war events National Identity and politics continue today When you betray somebody or a group of bodies you are generally being disloyal and deceiving the party involved Did Britain betray Australia in 1942 when Singapore fell When considering a judgment on this question it is
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