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Australia launched an offensive against emus in the 1930s

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posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 03:53 AM
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This is the story of Australia's most unusual war ...
a tale of two soldiers , Lewis machine guns , and
thousands of marauding emus !




WHEN the green light was given for Australian soldiers
to launch a military offensive on home soil, it was done
so with haste.
Reports had been flocking in that a new enemy was
threatening the livelihoods of hardworking West Australians
— and something needed to be done fast.
It was 1932 and the country was still recovering from the
Great Depression.
The situation was desperate.
This new invader left nothing in its wake. Hordes would
obliterate everything in their sights.
The WA Government, distressed by the onslaught, made
a request to the Commonwealth for an immediate and
serious course of action.
Simply defending home soil would not be enough. Australia
needed to eradicate this new found enemy.
So Defence Minister Sir George Pearce gave the go-ahead to
launch a full military operation, now known as the
Great Emu Wars.

www.news.com.au... n&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=technology


The Emu War, also known as the Great Emu War, was
a war fought between the country of Australia and a flock
of emus.
It is still remembered in Australia today as the greatest
defeat ever incurred on the Australian nation and her
subjects. It was fought from the 2nd to the 8th November
1932 between 20,000 emus, under the command of the
Lord High Emu, and 2 soldiers of the 7th Heavy Battery,
Royal Australian Artillery under the command of Major
G.P.W. Meredith. Each soldier was equipped with a
Lewis Machine Gun, 10,000 rounds of ammunition, and
both had received an award in clay pigeon shooting.

uncyclopedia.wikia.com...

Lord High Emu


Taking to the field on 13 November 1932, the military
found a degree of success over the first two days, with
approximately 40 emus killed. The third day, 15 November,
proved to be far less successful, but by 2 December the guns
were accounting for approximately 100 emus per week.
Meredith was recalled on 10 December, and in his report
he claimed 986 kills with 9,860 rounds, at a rate of exactly
10 rounds per confirmed kill.

en.wikipedia.org...


edit on 4-11-2015 by radarloveguy because: xxx




posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:00 AM
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a reply to: radarloveguy

What a bizarre story....Australia really does have a colorful history.....

I take it then the emu's had good dodging skills...10 rounds to a killl....lol...

Thx for sharing



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:03 AM
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a reply to: radarloveguy


Starlings are present to the east of the WA border,
and ongoing surveillance, trapping and culling is being
undertaken by the Department of Agriculture and Food,
Western Australia to reduce populations and limit the
further spread of the species.

The aim of this project is to enhance surveillance,
trapping, shooting and nest removal of starlings from
the South Coast region of Western Australia, with the
view to eradication.

www.nrm.wa.gov.au...

In other developments , starlings have been recruited by Lord High Emu
as allies in in their axis of eating ....!



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:05 AM
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a reply to: radarloveguy

Great thread.

I do hope "non-aussies" dont come along to cry over the emus....

remsset.com...


Females can lay up to 60 eggs per season. The average egg production for a hen is 30 to 40 eggs



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:27 AM
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I was chased by an Emu once, I should gave let go of the bread bag. Suddenly there was a whole herd of the flockers after me which is when I dropped the bread and made my escape from the raptors... I mean Emus.



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:34 AM
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We may not have won the battle in the 30s but I reckon we won the war, when was the last time you saw an emu causing any trouble?

Outsiders may see the comparative casualty rate and say it was unfair but what they most likely dont understand is that even today emus havent really assimilated and realistically contribute very little to society.

While i detest war, as an Aussie who loves our culture and way of life I feel this war was justified if only to put the emus in their place and let them know who was boss.

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE


P.S Anyone else think emus look like the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal?


edit on 4/11/2015 by IkNOwSTuff because: (no reason given)



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:37 AM
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a reply to: IkNOwSTuff

oi oi oi.

...The one thing I don't understand is that if they were going to kill that many emus, why not eat them?
My parents were both born in the '40s, and remember THEIR parents struggling in the post-war period, with food being incredibly expensive and good meat hard to come by.

Seems like a lot of decent meat went to waste.



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:45 AM
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a reply to: weirdguy

Nice avatar LOL ..

Yes they can be very intimidating ,
especially when they get right up in your face
and go 'bloop bloop' !




posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:49 AM
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originally posted by: Awen24
a reply to: IkNOwSTuff

oi oi oi.

Seems like a lot of decent meat went to waste.


They certainly have big breasts ,... but scrawny legs .
Reckon they'd taste a little gamey , but prolly betteran 'roo !



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:53 AM
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originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff


Outsiders may see the comparative casualty rate and say it was unfair but what they most likely dont understand is that even today emus havent really assimilated and realistically contribute very little to society.



They still managed to find their way onto the coat of arms
so they must have negotiated a truce and become part of the political process !?



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:55 AM
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originally posted by: radarloveguy

originally posted by: Awen24
a reply to: IkNOwSTuff

oi oi oi.

Seems like a lot of decent meat went to waste.


They certainly have big breasts ,... but scrawny legs .
Reckon they'd taste a little gamey , but prolly betteran 'roo !


Better than Roo????
Have you ever tasted Roo?
It is easily one of the tastiest and juiciest meats youll ever eat

As for emu it is a bit gamey but still yummo, kinda a mix between beef and chicken.

I highly recommend both



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 04:57 AM
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Outsiders may see the comparative casualty rate and say it was unfair but what they most likely dont understand is that even today emus havent really assimilated and realistically contribute very little to society.



LOL....definitely a lough out loud moment....very funny thx for the giggle



posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 07:15 AM
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originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff when was the last time you saw an emu causing any trouble?




posted on Nov, 4 2015 @ 10:46 AM
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I was chased by an Emu once, I should gave let go of the bread bag. Suddenly there was a whole herd of the flockers after me which is when I dropped the bread and made my escape from the raptors... I mean Emus.

I imagine that it was something like this:

You're lucky to be alive.



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