Martial activity in Australia before the Great War was not confined to the sporadic raising of expeditionary forces for service in imperial conflicts. Rather, the martial spirit present in British societies until the 1920s expressed itself here without pause, though in varying degree, from the 1850s. The most practical expression of this spirit was the widespread membership of citizen military forces and semi-military rifle clubs and cadet corps. Australians did not maintain a professional...[Show more]
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