Between World War I and World War II, Australia went through its own lesser-known war. However, this war was quite different from any normal war. Most wars are fought between two different people groups living in the same nation, but Australia’s war was fought between the Australian human population, and the Australian emu population.
By 1932, over 20,000 emus has wreaked havoc on the land of Australian World War I veterans. They would level entire harvests, damaging the farms’ profits. On November 2, 1932, the Seventh Heavy Battery of the Royal Australian Artillery, led by Major G.P.W. Meredith, advanced behind a party of about fifty emus and opened fire. On November 4, Australian soldiers spotted an army of 1,000 emus and once again opened fire; however, due to a weapons malfunction, there were only 12 emu casualties.
Several days later, soldiers fired 2,500 rounds of ammunition, but there were only about 200 emu casualties. Even though several hundred emus were killed in the following weeks, the government determined that the war was a waste of resources; it took ten bullets to kill just one emu. By the end of November, the humans had given up and the emus had won the Great Emu War.
Written by Drew Hixson