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An Astonishing and Uncanny History Lesson

An Astonishing and Uncanny History Lesson

Dhruv Gaikwad

Here’s a history lesson we don’t typically learn at our schools! Find about one of humanity’s most dynamic and uncanny wars!

Well, if you have come reading this article based on its name, then don’t worry I am not here to give a boring old history lesson. I want to talk to you, the readers, about a war – quite a jolly one I would say.

Picture 1932, We had just got done with World War 1… and we were tilting towards a second one. But amidst that, there was another war, pretty uncanny of a name, The Great Emu War of 1932.

The Uncanny War

The Uncanny War

Following the events of World War 1, the discharged veterans (ones who are retired from the army after service) were sent to Australia, where the government gave them lands in Western Australia to take up farming, often in agriculturally marginal areas. This was because of the onset of the Great Depression in 1929, these farmers were encouraged to increase their wheat crops, with the government promising and obviously failing to deliver assistance in the form of subsidies.

This is where the fun part begins…

To understand this, an Emu is a gangster looking or a cheap imitation of what seems to be an ostrich… Same hefty non-flight birds who can match speeds up to 50km/hr.

In spite of the recommendations and the promised subsidies, wheat prices continued to fall, and by October 1932 matters were becoming intense, with the farmers preparing to harvest the season’s crop while simultaneously threatening to refuse to deliver the wheat.

The difficulties were increased by the arrival of as many as 20,000 emus. This was because of the migration cycles followed by the animals. Emus regularly migrate after their breeding season, heading to the coast from the inland regions. With the cleared land and additional water supplies being made available for livestock by the Western Australian farmers, the emus found that the cultivated lands were good habitat, and they began to foray into farm territory. LITERAL AMBUSH!

They captivated the land and started creating havoc everywhere, wreaking the seeds, defecating in the water supply, destroying the new crops and injuring the farmers. So the veterans turned farmers started expressing their concerns and a new fleet of soldiers was sent to aid them.

Human Error

This was a glaring error in the history of mankind. What they thought was that they could easily defeat the emus, while doing their target practice for future wars, Blinded by the fact that the emus were literally as agile as ninjas.

Their first attempt was foiled, by a period of rainfall that caused the emus to scatter over a wider area. However, on the 2nd of November, the men traveled where 50 emus were sighted. As the birds were out of range of the guns, the local settlers attempted to herd the emus into an ambush, but the birds split into small groups and ran so that they were difficult to target. Nevertheless, while the first fusillade from the machine guns was ineffective due to the range, a second round of gunfire was able to kill “a number” of birds.

The next significant event was on 4 November, near a local dam, and more than 1,000 emus were spotted heading towards their position. This time the gunners waited until the birds were in close proximity before opening fire. The gun jammed after only twelve birds were killed and the remainder scattered before any more could be shot.

An Unexpected Loss

Soon after, they all tried down South, where the Emus were fairly tame while understanding that each emu had formed a cult, with a big black bird as their leader, lookout. The problem was that, when they figured out the math, it was as follows:

  • An emu runs at a speed of 50km/hr
  • Each emu required about 10 bullets until it was slow enough to be pelted down till it perishes
  • Considering there were 20,000 emus, they required up to a million bullets, which was near to impossible!

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel but was persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns onto the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that the emus started ramming into their trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides.

They all gave up, and a bounty system was set up to capture the emus and transfer them to a remote location, all in while they were damaging the crops to the brink of extinction!

It’s safe to say, no matter how supreme we think we are, we always did lose a war to the Emus…

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So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

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So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

So the new fleet of soldiers decided to throw in the white towel, but were persuaded for a last try by the veterans. This time they mounted the Tommy guns on to the back of their trucks and started driving towards while shooting the emus. Problem was that they emus started ramming into there trucks, getting their necks jammed into the steering, causing the trucks to flip and causing casualties to the human sides. uncanny

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