Sun Mar 5, 2017, 11:46 AM
Daves Not Here Man (11,636 posts)
The Great Emu War of Australia
The Emu War, also known as the Great Emu War, was a nuisance wildlife management military operation undertaken in Australia over the latter part of 1932 to address public concern over the number of emus said to be running amok in the Campion district of Western Australia. The unsuccessful attempts to curb the population of emus, a large flightless bird indigenous to Australia, employed soldiers armed with Lewis guns—leading the media to adopt the name "Emu War" when referring to the incident.
Military involvement was due to begin in October 1932. The "war" was conducted under the command of Major G.P.W. Meredith of the Seventh Heavy Battery of the Royal Australian Artillery, with Meredith commanding a pair of soldiers armed with two Lewis guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition. The operation was delayed, however, by a period of rainfall that caused the emus to scatter over a wider area. The rain ceased by 2 November 1932, at which point the troops were deployed with orders to assist the farmers and, according to a newspaper account, to collect 100 emu skins so that their feathers could be used to make hats for light horsemen.
Please read about the first & second attempts for such wonderful excerpts like this:
The machine-gunners' dreams of point blank fire into serried masses of Emus were soon dissipated. The Emu command had evidently ordered guerrilla tactics, and its unwieldy army soon split up into innumerable small units that made use of the military equipment uneconomic. A crestfallen field force therefore withdrew from the combat area after about a month.
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Mon Mar 6, 2017, 11:34 AM
Ravenquills (457 posts)
5. No,I thought
Running amok was a cool phrase too and I think I personally should try and do that as form of both exercise and social commentary as often as possible. Maybe I could run amok with emu feathers attached to me.
EMU guerrilla warfare sounds kind of cool as well. Now that i think of it EMU's do look somewhat the Chocobos of Final Fantasy