The Emu War of 1932


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Who won the Emu War of 1932.

The Emu war, as it has been called, occured in 1932 when about 20,000 emus had arrived in Western Australia, before harvest time and began to consume the crops.

The farmers requested help in stopping them, and saving the harvests.

A small detachment of the Australian army was despatched with two machine guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

Unfortunately, for the army, the Emus can run very fast, and the Emu herd split up and ran from the Army who had been tasked with cutting down the population of this pest.

It has been stated that 986 of the roughly 20,000 emus were killed, with no Army casualties.


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After this failure, the system reverted back to the bounty system and about 57,000 emu bounties were claimed during one half of 1934.

Was it a war? If a proper army had been involved, not just a few soldiers, as in most wars, the result may well have been very different.

The conclusion:

Exclusion barrier fencing was used in the future.

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