1918-1939 1945-1949

Cyprus 1939-1945

World War II began in September 1939 with the German invasion of Poland and the British declaration of war on Germany. For Cyprus, the war began in June 1940, with France fallen, the Vichy-Government established in France, recognized in Syria and Lebanon (French mandates in the Middle East) and with Italy entering the war at that time.
While Cyprus herself was not the object of an attack, British Egypt faced two invasions, the Italian invasion of 1940 and the German invasion of 1941/42.
Again, Cyprus was primarily of logistic importance for the British Empire/the Allied forces. In 1940 elections were held in order to reinstitute the constitution.

The British Period, from History of Cyprus
REFERENCE Hübner's Weltstatistik, 73rd edition, edited by Ernst Rösner, Wien 1939
Article : Cyprus, in : Statesman's Year Book 1943 pp.99-103 [G]
Article : Cyprus, in : Americana Annual 1940 pp.221-222, 1943 p.220, 1944 p.211, 1945 p.223, 1946 p.224 [G]
Article : Cyprus, in : New International Year Book, Events of 1940 p.175, 1941 p.160, 1942 pp.186-187, 1943 p.157, 1944 p.163 [G]
Article : British Possessions in the Mediterranean, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1944 pp.433-434, 1945 pp.438-439 [G]
Article : Cyprus, in : Funk & Wagnall's New Standard Encyclopedia Year Book 1942 p.127, 1943 pp.132-133 [G]

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