Think war is crazy? You wouldn’t be wrong… There have been more stupid conflicts for dafter reasons than you could imagine, not to mention peculiar plans, eccentric events and strange coincidences. Here author Benedict Le Vay picks some of the wacky war stories from his book and tells of the bizarre creatures who fought. The Great Emu War In the 1930s, the military might of Australia took on an apparently easy-to-defeat enemy: the emu. Farmers – mostly veterans of the First World War who had been encouraged to settle in Western Australia, just in time for the Great Depression to slash prices for their produce – were desperate and pleaded for drastic government action to deal the emus savaging their crops. Given that the emu cannot fly, has no commanders, is generally unarmed and untrained, and an easy target at six feet tall, and that the soldiers were armed with Lewis guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition, it should have been no contest. In fact, the emu was the clear victor. Only a few were hit, and carried on being pests, tearing holes in fencing so whole regiments of rabbits could join in on their side. The Army retreated, humiliated… Read full this story
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