I didn't know Australians fought in WW1

Discussion in 'World War 1' started by spidge, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    I couldn't let this one pass seeing I posted my one about D-Day.

    From a fellow Australian who gathered together family members of the crew of a downed ww2 aircraft and met with them in England.

    He has a quote to top mine.

  2. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    Still amazes me when people say things like that. I've heard the same about Indians in the trenches.
  3. rlaughton

    rlaughton http://www.militarian.com/account/avatar

    We Canadians still have that problem as well, as all Canadians were "British Subjects" until 1949. Few Canadians are even aware of that. Both my parents served in WWII as British Subjects, with British Passports - there were no Canadian passports prior to that date.

    And then there was Newfoundland - the extra and most significant British colony. Very close to the Australians at Galipoli.
  4. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Though I knew that the Australian airmen were part of the EATS programme in Canada I must admit I was unaware of the amount of accidental death that occurred.

    In total there were 146 RAAF deaths which were buried in 49 cemeteries scattered all round Canada.
  5. morse1001

    morse1001 Guest


    I find such displays of ignorance as funny, worse still because of various programmes about WW1 being shown on British TV and i do not just mean, "Empire" which was very good.

    My Grandfather Dale, spent time at Etapes training Aussies to use the trench mortars. Mind you he still had to do his turn in the trenchs as well!
  6. morse1001

    morse1001 Guest

    I was reminded of an incident during a german histiry seminar at Uni. We had a chap who boasted that he had A level History. The topic that we were discussing was why did germany not invade Britian.

    I said that after july 1941, Hitler had other things on his mind. This guy asked me what they were, I asked him, "What had happened in Germany" He said "he did not know" , I gave him a clue "Operation Barrbarosa"! "What was that" came the reply
  7. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    The "A" probably stood for America and as they were not in the war yet, there was nothing to know/learn.
  8. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    I usually tend to get a bit miffed when I see WWII quoted as being 1941-1945...

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