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Australia entered the First World War as a federal dominion of the British Empire (Commonwealth of Australia), having achieved that status in 1901. Although the Australian colonies had sent troops to the Boer War between 1899 and 1902, there was no military tradition in the sense of a high-echelon military leadership and administration and a defense policy, and precious little national experience of war. Yet, by the end of the First World War, almost seven Australian cavalry and infantry divisions were in the field, in two theaters of war. The political allegiances that for…

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Grey, Jeffrey, “Australia”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2015

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