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Conditions Experienced By Australian Soliders In The Western Front In World War One

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1) Why did Australian men volunteer to enlist in WWI?PayThe army provided an extremely good regular wage that almost doubled the wage of a Labourer. The Australian Solider receiving 6 shillings a day was the best paid soldier in the world. The decision to enlist was very attractive because it was the time of high unemployment and a weak economy.Adventure/Travel'The chance of a lifetime', this was the chance for many young single men enticed by a 'Free tour of Great Britain and Europe' to leave their boring jobs and do something ...view middle of the document...

By defending England they ensured Australia's defence.DutyDuring the high casualty rates of Australian Soldiers after Gallipoli, Pozieres and the Somme when things were bad, many men felt that it was their duty to enlist. "I was never a great man for heroics but... there are some things worth more than life" (Lt J.A Raws 12/7/15)Social PressureAll eligible men were also expected to enlist by society. This was reinforced by mates, employers, family who encouraged their sons to enlist and single girls who would send a white feather to eligible men who thought they were cowards because they did not enlist. Australia was the only country that did not have an inscription to apply.All these men were volunteers and the decision to enlist was arrived and accepted individually.2) Describe the conditions experienced by the Australian soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front.o Liceo Fleaso Ratso Bad hygiene - no showers/baths/toiletso Tiredo Hungryo Homesicko Cold food - no electricity - fridgeso Low moraleo Stresseso Noisyo Health at risko Weather - summer - hot/sticky/smelly/dry - winter - cold/rainy/muddyo Limited supplieso Dead bodies lying around

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