A Military History of Australia by Jeffrey Grey

By Jeffrey Grey

An army historical past of Australia presents a close chronological narrative of Australia's wars throughout greater than 2 hundred years, set within the contexts of defence and strategic coverage, the advance of society and the impression of struggle and armed forces provider on Australia and Australians. It discusses the improvement of the military as associations and examines the connection among governments and armed forces coverage. This publication is a revised and up-to-date variation of 1 of the main acclaimed overviews of Australian army historical past on hand. it's the basically entire, single-volume therapy of the function and improvement of Australia's army and their involvement in struggle and peace around the span of Australia's smooth heritage. It concludes with attention of Australian involvement in its zone and extra generally because the terrorist assaults of September eleven and the waging of the worldwide battle on terror.

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Only infantry regiments served in Australia; the cavalry served in the Crimean War and in India and rarely elsewhere, while in the 19th century the Guards regiments served overseas only in the Crimea, and briefly in Canada in 1837. Because of the distances involved and the slowness of communications, a regiment would serve overseas for a lengthy period of time and in several posts or garrisons before returning to Britain for a period of home service and refitting. Postings were often long, although there were anomalies within the system.

No troops were to be sent to Western Australia. Not only did the greatly increased cost of imperial protection fail to commend itself to the colonial administrations, but the fact that the same troops for whom the colonies paid could be removed to areas of greater need in the event of hostilities also provoked adverse comment. Opinion had it that the provision of artillery would more closely match the defence needs of the colonies in any case, and reorganisations of the volunteer troops followed in order to meet the perceived deficiencies in coastal artillery.

This emphasised the power of the ‘spear tradition’: ‘killing was traditionally a highly ritualised procedure and it was natural that it was still largely done in a traditional way’. In addition, Aboriginal people may have preferred traditional weaponry over the unreliable pre-1850 firearms. This latter concern did not influence the Maori, who acquired large numbers of guns in the 1830s and 1840s and used them to good effect. Not only did the traditional indigenous methods impose great limitations upon Aboriginal warriors; the Aboriginal way of thinking about war itself was a serious limitation.

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