Friday, August 8, 2014

Australia versus... the rest of the world

Both postcards show how enormous Australia is compared to the rest of the World. It could swallow Europe completely!

Five stamps to commemorate 100 years since WWI. Five stamps that marks Australia's involvement in the first months of war. Australia will issue similar series of stamps in 2015-2018.

Australia, although a Federation since 1901, was still a member of the British Empire. This meant that when Britain declared war on 4 August 1914 Australia also found herself at war.

The Australian people reacted to the outbreak of war in an unprecedented manner of enthusiasm. They had a natural, strong sense of patriotism and loyalty to their 'mother country.' With ninety percent of Australians having a British background.

Volunteers rushed to enlist for an exciting war which was expected to be over by Christmas. From a population of fewer than five million, more than 400,000 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

Thanks Steve, you little ripper!


dustin15 said...

A great set of stamps!

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