Australia & WWI

World War I was Australia's first major military conflict and is often called our 'baptism by fire'.

Most Australians thought the war would be over quickly and that soldiering would be a chance to see the world and make England proud of her colony. The cruel reality of the war was brought home by soldiers who wrote about their experiences.

Learn about Australian soldiers’ preparation and what life was like for those left behind.
Australians earned a ferocious reputation as troops in the First World War.