Thursday, May 21, 2015

Aussies in Egypt in World War One

The Seven Year's War was the first true world war. It spanned multiple theaters over multiple continents and hemispheres. To us though, the Great War would be what the modern world would call World War One as it was quickly followed by World War Two. One day when everything is settled, an insurgent historian movement can relabel them the "German Wars". Below is a photograph from the Great War. The Australians who were fighting for the Crown were in Egypt. The action in the background is far more fascinating because of everything that has gone on in archaeology since 1918 and what a tourist trap the Sphinx has become. Never again will people rest on the clavicle of the Sphinx.
 

8 comments:

allamerican1952 said...

Fascinating picture and nice bit of history about the Seven Years War. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My sister lives in Australia, a really great country.


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deconstructingleftism said...

Did you know France started the Franco-Prussian War? I didn't know that until a few days ago, and I'm a little knowledgable about military history.

Since this led to WWI, and WWII, and the Cold War, France can be given credit for starting all those wars. I had attributed the troubles to England's obsession with containing Germany, but France had a similar obsession.

peterike said...

The shouldn't be called the German Wars. They should be called the War on Germany, parts 1 and 2.

Anonymous said...

I recently read a new book about the WW1 battle at Gallipoli (can't remember the author) and learned about the "Battle of Wassa'a." Anzac troops trashed and burned the brothel district of Cairo, Egypt. The cause of the eruption debatable ...cheating soldiers out of money, VD afflicted prostitutes, watering down liquor (allegedly with urine), and a story that a soldier found his sister working as a prostitute and attempted to rescue her from pimps.

Wikipedia has a post but I found a better article and will link below.

This incident reminded me of the rampant vice in Phenix City, AL which is adjacent to FT. Benning, Georgia. General George Patton threatened to roll his tanks through the town and smash the red light district due to the cheating and beating of soldiers.

http://mideasti.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/historical-note-for-april-2-first.html

Rollory said...

In Stephen Baxter's time-travel novel "The Time Ships", one multi-chapter section of the book is titled "The War Against the Germans", and covers the whole 30-year period.

nk said...

Never say never again ...

Anonymous said...

Not all the Australians were in Egypt. E.F. Lynch's Somme Mud is an outstanding memoir by an Australian who fought in Europe in WWI.


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