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WHY DID AUSTRALIA JOIN WORLD WAR II?
Transcript of WHY DID AUSTRALIA JOIN WORLD WAR II?
Pay and working conditions in the 1930s were poor, especially as they were attempting to recover from the Great Depression and World War 1. A role as a soldier offered steady pay, a place to sleep, training and decent meals.
People’s views of war
If you went to war and enlisted in the army you were considered a hero, and being considered a hero had positives. One of which was the way you would be perceived by the others around you and those at home. If you went to war you were seen as a man of courage, if you did not enlist you were vied as a coward.
Perceived threats from overseas
Threats form overseas was huge reason why Australia joined the war. The battle had spread across the glob and was steadily working it's way down to Australia. When the bombing at Pear Harbor occurred the perceived threat from overseas had been confirmed.
Australia's Relationship with Britain
Australia and Britain were very close, mainly due to the fact that Britain founded Australia, and Australia considered them their "mother country". However in World War 2, the relationship started to change, and it started with the British Prime Minister Churchill diverting Australia's 6th and 7th Divisions to reinforce their own troops in Burma when Australia needed them for their defense due to the Japanese advance. This was done without consultation, but eventually, Australian Prime Minister Curtin, managed to get the troops back. This caused some of the changes between Australia and Great Britain.
WHY DID AUSTRALIA JOIN WORLD WAR II?
There were many reasons why Australia joined the second world war. Several of these include:
· Australia’s relationship with Britain.
· Young men’s sense of adventure.
· Perceived threats from overseas.
· People’s views of war.
· Pay and working conditions in 1930s.
· Feelings of pride and bravery.
· The enlistment campaign by the Australian government
AUSTRALIA'S REASONS DOR JOINING WW2
Young men’s sense of adventure
Young men considered war to be a very brave and noble thing to do. It also gave them numerous opportunities to travel, meet new people, protect those at home and go on an 'adventure'.
Feelings of pride and bravery
If you enlisted and joined the war you
could proudly say that you fought the enemy and protected Australia. This made people wish to join, so they could feel the pride of being a soldier.
The enlistment campaign by the Australian government
Australia had an enlistment campaign running in an attempt to get young men to join the army and enlist. The enlistment campaign consisted of posters, peer pressure and advertisements that often depicted great war heroes to make others wish to join.
"The war gave a lot of people jobs. It led them to expect more than they had before. People's expectations, financially, spiritually, were raised. There was such a beautiful dream. We were gonna reach the end of the rainbow... I remember a woman saying on the bus that she hoped the war didn't end until she got her refrigerator paid for. An old man hit her over the head with an umbrella. He said, 'How dare you!' (Laughs.)"
- Peggy Terry, a woman who worked in a munitions factory during the war