The Great Emu War of 1932 🇦🇺​

A battle-hardened emu soldier, looking shell-shocked but determined to fight to the bitter end.

In 1932, Australia declared war on a seemingly unlikely enemy: emus. The flightless birds were causing havoc in Western Australia, destroying crops and fences, and the government decided enough was enough.

The military was called in to deal with the emu problem, with Major G.P.W. Meredith leading the charge. But the emus proved to be more formidable opponents than expected, and the soldiers quickly realized they were outmatched.

The emus were quick and agile, and they could easily evade the soldiers’ guns. Even when they were hit, they could take a lot of bullets before finally going down. And since they could run at speeds of up to 50 km/h, they could easily outrun the soldiers.

After several failed attempts to cull the emu population, the military finally retreated, admitting defeat.

The Great Emu War was over, with the emus emerging victorious.

It was estimated that the soldiers had only managed to kill around 50 emus, while thousands remained. The emu problem continued for several more years, until the government finally implemented more effective measures to deal with them.

The Great Emu War is remembered as a bizarre and comical episode in Australian history, but it also serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving wildlife.

Instead of declaring war on animals that cause problems, we should work to find ways to coexist with them.

Marina Amaral

Author of:

The Color of Time

A World Aflame

A Woman’s World

An action-comedy movie retelling of the events, written by John Cleese, Monty Franklin, and Rob Schneider, now scheduled to begin production in 2024. That should be fun!

See the links below to an Australian podcast with more fun photos (that Slouch Hat is awesome!).

There must be a cybersecurity analogy here somewhere. Anyone up for the challenge?

Link to Marina Amaral:

Australian Histories Podcast:

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