Australia's Involvement In Ww1

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For Australia, World War 1 was the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and injuries. From a population of less than five million, (416,809) men, 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed, or taken as prisoners. The outbreak of the war was greeted in Australia, as in many other places, with a great amount of public enthusiasm. Most of the men accepted into the army in August 1914 were sent first to Egypt, not Europe. After four and a half months of training near Cairo, the Australians left by a ship for the Gallipoli peninsula, with troops from New Zealand, Britain, and France. The Australians landed at what became known as ANZAC Cove on 25 April 1915. During the early days of the campaign, the allies tried to break through Turkish lines, while the Turks tried to drive the allied troops off the peninsula. It ended up that both sides failed. The most…show more content…
This campaign began in 1916 with Australian troops participating in the defence of the Suez Canal and Sinai Peninsula. By 1918 they occupied Lebanon and Syria. Australia also served at sea and in newly formed flying corps. The RAN (Royal Australian Navy) made a significant contribution early in the war. The Great War was the first armed conflict in which aircraft were used, about 3000 Australian airmen served in the Middle East and France with the Australian Flying Corps. Australian women volunteered for service in the auxiliary roles, as cooks, nurses, drivers, interpreters, munitions workers, and skilled farm workers. The government welcomed the service of nurses but rejected other offers from women in other professions to work overseas. Australian nurses served in Egypt France, Greece and India. Often the places the were exposed to were close to the front and so aerial bombardment was a serious

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