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Strange History: The Emu War

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The Emu War was a very unusual and unconventional war fought in Australia in 1932. Around the start of the Great Depression, a very large groups of emus (around 20,000) began to move into Australian farmland territory because the condition were really good. The farmers in Western Australia were growing wheat because they were promised subsidies from the government for it. Apparently, emu like wheat. They were a major nuisance to the farmers since they ate crops and destroyed fences, allowing other pests like rabbits to get in. Many of the farmers in this part of Australia were WWI veterans and they requested the use of machine guns to handle the emu problem. The government agreed to sent troops with a couple machine guns to handle the emus. 

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3 soldiers and 2 Lewis guns were sent to fight the emus. Major G.P.W. Meredith, Sergeant S. McMurray, and Gunner J. O'Hallora were the soldiers and they carried 10,000 rounds of ammunition with them. They began searching the countryside for herds of emu. However, the machinegun was found to not be as effective as anticipated. When they would start to fire, the emu would break up into smaller groups and run in all directions making it difficult to aim. They tried to set up ambushes against the emu but they never really worked out. The birds also avoided them as they noticed that each group of emu seemed to have a "leader" who kept watch and warned the other birds of trouble. Then men tried mounting the machine guns on trucks but this didn't work because the trucks couldn't keep up with the emu. Nobody really knows how many emu were killed during the efforts, but it may have been in the thousands. Even when hit, the emus would still be very maneuverable and it was noted that they were tough birds to kill. Eventually, the government stopped the military effort to wipe out the emu and previous bounty systems were set up again to deal with the emu problem. Improved fences also assisted farmers in keeping emu away from their crops. 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu_War

http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/history/the-great-australian-emu-war.aspx

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/on-this-day/2016/11/on-this-day-the-emu-wars-begin

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don't worry, us Aussies reclaimed our dignity once the farmers and pest controllers were allowed back at them to claim bounties with over 57,000 proven bounties collected in the first 6 months of 1934 with 0 Australian casualties.

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Traditional outback hunting, a .22, a toyota and a slab

 

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26 minutes ago, Camo68 said:

Traditional outback hunting, a .22, a toyota and a slab

 

.22? maybe for the rabbits and cats. Roo's... break out the .223, .303 or .308

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The guys on The Dollop did a great podcast about this event.  They even got James Fosdike to make T-shirts:

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7 hours ago, galspanic said:

The guys on The Dollop did a great podcast about this event.  They even got James Fosdike to make T-shirts:

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Nice poster! I have never heard of the Emu War, so thanks for sharing!

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That has to be one of the more interesting and bizarre stories I've read about. :Smile_teethhappy: Had no idea that at one time Emus were considered pests in Australia.

I've eaten Emu before. Used to be a restaurant in Athens, GA, think they went out of business, that would serve "exotic" game meats like Buffalo, Elk, Emu, Ostrich, and Venison. The Emu steak tasted similar to lean beef.

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On 6/18/2018 at 3:00 AM, WolfofWarship said:

Decisive Emu Victory broke me :Smile_teethhappy:

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and our nukes broke them.... 1yPfU1H.jpg

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