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History Feature: The Australian Imperial Force


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WGNews #1 Posted 30 October 2014 - 02:33 PM

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It's been 100 years since Australia sent military assistance to the Allied Forces in World War I. Here's the story.

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kevinjp #2 Posted 30 October 2014 - 04:42 PM

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On a larger scale, the service of the Australian Imperial Force in the Great War was seen as a transformative moment in the histories of Australia and New Zealand. It has been seen today as a key moment in the formation of a national identity for both nations’ citizens. Both nations were relatively young. The Commonwealth of Australia was only established in 1901, and the Dominion of New Zealand in 1907. The centennial of the AIF’s foundation marks the point where both nations stood up and played major roles for the first time on the international stage.

And regardless of all the jokes and crap we throw at each other the ANZAC spirit is still going strong.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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LtRickCrayson #3 Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:45 PM

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Did you know that in May 1918, the Australian General Monash was appointed corps commander of the Australian forces, and in that year he led bot Australian and American troops at the battle of Hamel.  Monash's skilful planning and attention to detail resulted in a triumphant attack and capture of the town and marked the beginning of a series of successful campaigns by Australians that continued until their last battle in October.

Monash moved away from what he considered to be outdated British tactics, believing that the role of the infantry was ".... to advance under the maximum possible protection of the maximum possible array of mechanical resources, in the form of guns, machine-guns, tanks, mortars and aeroplanes; to advance with as little impediment as possible; to be relieved as far as possible of the obligation to fight their way forward.

He supported the view that the most effective warfare involved many different types of weaponry and defences working together- the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.  As a result he was the first commander on the field to use; combined tanks, aircraft, artillery and infantry in attacking the enemy.

 






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