Aboriginal ANZACs is a brief overview of the contributions that the First Australians have made to Australia's Defence Forces. Starting in the Boer War (1899-1902) they have been involved in every major conflict Australia has faced! The actual numbers have been sadly missed as Aborigines, in many cases, were enlisted as Spanish, Indians, and other nationalities due to racial restrictions on their enlistment as First Australians. The likely number for World War One is 500 and for World War Two it was probably over 5000. This book cannot do justice to this long and proud record and is simply serving to focus a spotlight on the continuing involvement of Aborigines in Australia's Defence Forces.
Aborigines were used in the Boer War as trackers and in later wars they ranged from horsemen to infantry personnel. In World War Two the range increased to commandos in coastwatch teams behind Japanese lines and many other roles. Vietnam and Middle East wars saw further involvement in all parts of the services. The current enlistment of Aboriginal defence service staff ranges across all defence sectors - army, navy and air force!
These Aboriginal ANZACs were a proud and significant group who through tenacity, physical, and mental skills were able to play a significant contribution to Australia's war efforts. The stories are sad for some, proud for most and full of hope for a people to endure from racial and material adversity. Lest We Forget!
Over 60 pages of information, exercises, Internet research, group activities and much more. Activities to cover an extended series of lessons on the topic.
|Author||Watts, R. T. (Editor)|
|Series Name||Indigenous Studies Teacher Guide|
|Publisher||Knowledge Books and Software|