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During the Second World War, over 9,000 men from several colonies, protectorates and mandate territories fought for the British Empire. These forces represented a significant shift in naval policy towards the recruitment of colonial manpower at a time of distinct pressures on British imperialism. This book examines the impact of colonial naval forces, by analyzing the 'official' and 'subaltern' sources in the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, East Africa, Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. The Trinidad Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (TRNVR) was formed to defend the island's oil supply to British oil-fired ships. The book also looks at the experience of the Cayman Islanders who volunteered to serve in the TRNVR. An East African case study focuses on Kenya and Zanzibar before and after the Second World War. The Kenya Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (KRNVR) was the first colonial naval force in the British Empire; local naval forces were also formed in Zanzibar and Tanganyika. In the analysis of Southeast Asia and the Malacca Straits, the book discusses, inter alia, origins of Malaya's naval forces, and analyses the issues of force expansion and 'Malaysianisation' during the Malayan Emergency and decolonisation. There was an initial reluctance on the Navy to recruit the Chinese, but with their overwhelming majority in Hong Kong, their enlistment in the Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (HKRNVR) was unavoidable. The post-war evolution of Hong Kong's naval force as it adjusted to the roles of Communist China's emergence and Britain's declining world are also examined.

Daniel Owen Spence

the Malay language, nationalist newspaper Utusan Melayu , 110 but by July 1953 the newly-christened Royal Malayan Navy (RMN) was comprised of approximately 80% Malays, 10% Chinese and 10% others, though it was hoped more Chinese would volunteer. 111 Symptomatic of the Emergency, all new recruits were subjected to additional political and criminal screening, to

in Colonial naval culture and British imperialism, 1922–67
Coronations and jubilees
Jeffrey Richards

Regiment, the Bermuda Rifles, the Sierre Leone Naval Volunteer Force, the Southern Rhodesia Armoured Car Regiment, the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force, the Falkland Islands Defence Force, the King’s African Rifles, the Royal Malayan Navy, the Fiji Military Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and many more, marching to the strains of Soldiers of the Queen , The British Grenadiers, Waltzing

in Imperialism and music