Australian Involvement In The First World War
C.E.W. Bean, the Australian Official World War One historian, wrote, "For most British Commanders, the Australian was the bad boy of the Imperial family". Australia–United Kingdom relations, also referred to as Anglo–Australian relations, are the Australia fought alongside Britain and its Allies in World War I, notably at Gallipoli (against the Ottoman Empire) and the Western Front. It fought with. Not long after Federation, it became clear that British and Australian interests did Just in time to serve in WWI, on the side of both Britain and, later on, America.
Fromthe Allied Powers the Triple Entente and its allies began to overcome the Central Powers, and the battle at Amiens in June launched the victorious Allied offensive. On 11 November the Armistice was signed, signaling the defeat of the Central Powers. On 18 June the peace treaty, the Treaty of Versailles, was signed and the League of Nations established.
Under the terms of the treaty Germany was compelled to pay reparations for its actions during the war. For further resources on World War I see: InAustralia's Prime Minister, Andrew Fisher, immediately promised Australian support for Britain 'to the last man and the last shilling'.
The Australian population in was less than five million. A summary of the numbers of those who served and of the numbers of deaths and other casualties makes it clear that Australia made a major sacrifice for the Allied war effort.
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Enlisted and served overseas: Australian leaders were not consulted, but demonstrated their unqualified loyalty. Andrew Fisher, Labour prime minister from todeclared that Australia would support Britain to 'the last man and the last shilling'.
Its first members sailed for the war in November They had enlisted with mixed motives: One man in five had been born in Britain; many enlisted in the hope of a trip home before seeing active service. On arriving in Egypt many of its members were struck by the contrast between themselves and the British soldiers they met. Though most Australians were city men, they had been raised in one of the world's most prosperous and progressive democracies.
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They towered above the shorter Lancashire territorials they called the 'Chooms', aware of the physical and even linguistic differences between the empire's armies.
For the rest of the war, Australians would measure themselves against the British army. As their awareness of their own prowess grew, so would their disillusionment with their senior imperial partner. Differences between the two emerged immediately. British troops insisted on rigid adherence to the forms of military custom, notably saluting.
Australian volunteers, all citizen soldiers who regarded the army's demands as limited, especially out of action, tended to salute only those superiors they respected personally. A cartoon of hardly exaggerated: British insistence prompted Australian resistance, generating friction throughout the war. Sister Narelle Hobbes, an Australian who joined Queen Alexandra's Imperial Medical Service in and died of illness in the Red Sea inwas repeatedly frustrated by British military procedures and by condescension.
Conscious of their national identity, they wondered how they would meet the test of battle. Though it was costly and close-run, out of the bloody shambles of the landing at Anzac Cove the Australians with the New Zealanders quickly developed as soldiers.
Though newcomers to war they soon gained a resilience, toughness and skill which contrasted with what a South Australian school teacher called the 'inefficient, incapable, and badly led' British troops.
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A Victorian farmer complained of the 'lack of organisation, spirit and individual initiative' of a British unit he had served with at Suvla. Other Australians felt that inexperienced 'New Army' units had let them down though AIF volunteers had been no more experienced than those for Kitchener's Army.
They had expected to learn from the British, but on Gallipoli they looked down on them as amateurs. On Gallipoli, errors of command and failures of supply and medical care had been obvious to every soldier. In early October the Australian divisions withdrew from the front for rest and refitting; they were preparing to return when Germany surrendered on 11 November.Australia after World War I - Behind the News
Unlike their counterparts in France and Belgium, the Australians in the Middle East fought a mobile war against the Ottoman Empire in conditions completely different from the mud and stagnation of the Western Front. The light horsemen and their mounts had to survive extreme heat, harsh terrain, and water shortages.
Nevertheless, casualties were comparatively light, with 1, Australians killed or wounded in three years of war. This campaign began in with Australian troops participating in the defence of the Suez Canal and the allied reconquest of the Sinai peninsular. In the following year Australian and other allied troops advanced into Palestine and captured Gaza and Jerusalem; by they had occupied Lebanon and Syria.
On 30 October Turkey sued for peace. Australians also served at sea and in the newly formed flying corps. The First World War was the first armed conflict in which aircraft were used.
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About 3, Australian airmen served in the Middle East and France with the Australian Flying Corps, mainly in observation capacities or providing infantry support. When flying over enemy lines he noticed his mate, Captain Rutherford, had been brought down with his plane and was about to be captured by the Turks.
McNamara, himself wounded, landed and picked up Rutherford, only to overturn in a gully. Despite being weak from loss of blood, McNamara guided the plane back to base. He was subsequently awarded with the Victoria Cross.
The First World War
Australian women volunteered for service in auxiliary roles, as cooks, nurses, drivers, interpreters, munitions workers, and skilled farm workers. While the government welcomed the service of nurses, it generally rejected offers from women in other professions to serve overseas. Australian nurses served in Egypt, France, Greece, and India, often in trying conditions or close to the front, where they were exposed to shelling and aerial bombardment.
The effect of the war was also felt at home.