The focus of this spotlight is the Pacific Islands between 1939 and 1945. It includes a series of documents that relate to the importance of the islands as a refuelling base for transpacific commercial and military air travel from the United States to Australasia, discussions between the various Commonwealth countries regarding the islands’ importance in national security, and British Embassy (Washington, D.C.) concerns with US claims for sovereignty over British claimed islands. It will also include commentaries from experts in the field.
This spotlight section will be constantly developed and updated.
In order to advertise the quality of material that can be gained from the archive documents Dr. Matthew Alan Hill is conducting research into an aspect of this topic. In particular he is examining the great power rivalry between the UK and the US over sovereignty of certain Pacific islands during the 1930s and 1940s (see Matthew Hill’s blog entry for more details: Contesting sovereignty over Pacific Islands during WWII: The UK versus the US).