World War I

Maya Cunanan

Causes of World War I

Imperialism was one of the many, and vague, causes of WWI. The greed of growing empires caused many complications between countries which led to the Great War. The British Empire feared the enthusiasm of Germany, wanting to create their own empire of power. The larger an empire was, the more land and resources were owned. The great amounts of money made from trading resources, made an empire rich and extremely powerful. Empires and countries fighting over land, was one of the many causes of WWI.

Significant Battles of WWI for Australians

The battle in Gallipoli is one of the soul and significant battlesfor Australia. April 25 to 18 December, 1915, were the days when young and fearless Australian soldiers put their lives on the line to show their respect to Britain and demonstrate the courage of Australia. The AIF soldiers were sent to Egypt to complete their training and then make their way to the Western Front to assist Britain to fight the Germans. During the landing on he beaches of Gallopi, the bloody and ferocious battle against the Turks had begun. The ANZACs had lost 2300 soldiers on the day of the landing. Trenches were soon built and the ANZACs had to live in the dreadful trench conditions. After many bloody and courageous battles fought by the ANZAC's, the British command finally realised that winning against the Turks was going to be impossible. So on the 20th of December, Australia withdrew from the battle.
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Australia's Involvement

When Britain declared war in Germany in August 1914, Australia was brought into the situation. Australia's strong relationship with Britain, implied that Australia would support Britain and fight proudly for them. Soon the ANZACs were formed and many Australian men were willing to enlist for the war. Over 400,000 men volunteered in Australia and there was no conscription. This infers the great spirit the Australian's had, not knowing what they were going to be put through. By the end of the great war, each country fighting lost many of their soldiers. Australia lost 61,966 and 152,171 were injured. Many were also lost and never returned home to their families.

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The Impact of Australians at Home

During the Great War, Australia's families, businesses and government were greatly affected. Families lost the direct support of their wages, since many of the men who participated in the war provided for their families by working. Men were away from their families for up to 4 years, which left the families emotionally struggling, and during the War, prices rose incredibly high and the low wage earned by the families, couldn't afford to consume their produced needs. The War didn't always have a negative effect on families. School children were encouraged to support the war by raising money, sending socks and clothes to the soldiers, pledging loyalty to the King, joining Army Cadets at the age of 12 and were told heroic stories of the soldiers who fought with courage in the War.

Significance of ANZAC Day for Australians

ANZAC Day has been reflected and acknowledged by Australians for nearly a century and has defined one of the features of Australi's identity. The battle in Gallipoli was the frist event that untied the young nation and began the strong spirit of Australians. The ANZAC's fought with together with bravery which guided them through the battle with the determined Turks. The ANZAC's loses wasn't a great deal for them because the feeling of unity and the strong bonds and attitudes created, during war, gave them power to fight and rise over their challenges.

WWI Expo

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013 at 5pm

35 Ferres Boulevard

South Morang, VIC

If you are eager to discover more about the Great War, you are welcome to come to the expo where you will can meet courageous ANZAC soldiers who will be delighted to share their stories of battle. Every age is welcome to join us for a night of battling memories.