Why Australia in World War One

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Australia joined the First World War. Although it was seen as a European war, the Australia government decided that Australia should support its ‘Mother Country’, Britain. The prime-minister at the time, Joseph Cook, stated Australia’s position : "Whatever happens, Australia is a part of the Empire, right to the full. When the Empire is at war, Australia is at war." Many Australians objected to the country’s involvement in the war, but the majority of …

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…pillow."Many Australians enlisted in the army with the wrong impression of what war would be like. Many thought that it would be glamourous and exciting, but the reality was that they were living in filthy trenches, alongside their dead comerades, who couldn’t be burried in the rush. Austraians joined the war with ignorance. Most of the Australian soldiers enlisted to support Britain because they were not aware of the full extent of war.