Mother War


November 28, 2021

The so-called The Emu War took place in 1932 in Australia. The reason was that the population of emus (large flightless birds) in the south-west of the country increased in the 1930s, so the Australian military “declared war” on the birds. In the bizarre “war,” 986 birds died, but in the end, the people “lost” the fight.

The "war"

After World War I, some British soldiers settled in Australia and began farming. At the start of the Great Depression, the government advised farmers to produce wheat because it could support what was lagging year after year, with grain prices falling steadily. This culminated in the fact that the twenty thousand birds migrating between their habitat and their breeding grounds found a great home on farmland maintained by farmers with irrigation canals. Not only did they damage the crop, but also the fences, so the rabbits were able to flood the wheat fields. Dissatisfied farmers turned to Secretary of Defense Sir George Pearce with a request to send out a couple of machine gun soldiers. The emus were so accustomed to man that they tolerated setting up machine guns beside them, but they shattered at the first gun shot. In the first week, 2,500 rounds were fired, and the number of birds killed “varied” between 50 and 500, depending on who was interviewed. Meredith's report also stated that the army had not suffered any losses. After the first week, the formation was withdrawn, with Australia losing the first round of the Eu War. The machine gunners had returned for a second campaign and were already working much more efficiently in December. The final report included 986 birds killed, which was achieved by smashing 9860 rounds of ammunition. The major also risked an estimate that an additional 2,500 emus could be killed in his wars in the “war”.



Johnson, Murray (2006). '' Feathered foes': soldier settlers and Western Australia's' Emu War 'of 1932 ". Journal of Australian Studies (88), 147–157. She.

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