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When did Australia get involved in World War 1?
Australia became involved in World War One in August 1914′, as Britain was preparing to declare war on Germany. At the time Andrew Fisher (future Australian prime minister) promised that Australia would stand behind their mother country.
Why did Australia become involved in the Vietnam War?
Australia also became implicated in the war due to the threat posed by the expansion of communism, known as the “Domino Effect”. On the political front Australia was also very anticommunist and believed to stop the war arriving at our front step we should use the forward defence approach.
What was the population of Australia in 1914?
The Australian population in 1914 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.
At the outbreak of war, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was placed under the command of the British Admiralty. Australian ships, submarines and sailors were ready to serve in the war overseas. The RAN only needed to recruit naval personnel to fill any shortfalls.
Even before Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, the nation pledged its support alongside other states of the British Empire and almost immediately began preparations to send forces overseas to participate in the conflict. The first campaign that Australians were involved in was in German…
Why was the Great War important to Australia?
Those following world affairs knew that a conflict between the world’s largest sea powers was likely, but they also believed that such a conflict would be quickly resolved. It was thought by many that The Great War would prove the worth of Australia to the ‘mother country’.
Who was the Prime Minister of Australia in 1914?
Australia in 1914 was a young nation. Only 13 years had passed since a collection of British colonies had come together as a federation of states. Australia’s wartime Prime Ministers Andrew Fisher and William Hughes had been born in Britain and most Australians were of English descent:
Who was the Australian historian during World War 1?
The Australian official historian, Charles Bean, expanded those five words into six volumes. He elaborated how Australians had responded to the challenge of the Great War, how the war had cost the young nation dearly and how it had created a new understanding of what being Australian meant.