Reasons For Australia's Involvement In The War

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Australia’s involvement in the war was large and principal to the outcome World War 1. Hundreds of thousands of Australians went to war, with over 60,000 dying and 150,000 wounded. It created the ANZAC legend, and solidified Australia as a continent of the world. There were many reasons for Australia’s involvement in the war, pride, credit, duty, loyalty, bravery, all the things a noble nation would have. But apart from the noble country clichés, it was really a feud between 2 sets of alliances, the Central Powers and the Triple Entente. Australia was, and is still, part of the British Alliance, and so we were, if, unwillingly, dragged into the war. But as mentioned, there were many other reasons. Australia was still a relatively new young nation, and respect from other countries was sure to increase if Australia joined the war. The prime minister of Australia at that time, Andrew Fisher, promised Australia would back up Britain, and Australia not heeding its word would be bad for image. Andrew Fisher said that Australia’s involvement in the war was a noble cause. During this time, many Australian’s were also becoming more…show more content…
Although, Australia was a nation on its own, they still had very close links and ties to their mother country, Britain. Thus, when Britain declared war in 1914, it declared it for the entire British Empire, including Australia. Australia being from Britain, allied with Britain and having its prime minister promise Britain help, there was no other option besides helping Britain. Over 98% of Australia’s non indigenous was population had British blood in them, thus many felt it was necessary to fight on behalf of the British Empire. Many also hoped for a trip back to their home land before going off to war. It was a holiday for

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