40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class
the Great Emu War of 1932
It sounds like a joke, and the Australian army probably wish it was, but they really did lose a war to a bunch of emus. The Great Emu War of 1932 was a nuisance wildlife management operation started by the Australian military. Emus were causing an immense amount of destruction to crops in Australia, so the government deployed the military and armed them with machine guns to curb the population and force the birds out. See, during the breeding season, roughly 20,000 of the large flightless birds had migrated inland, so the soldiers planned to gun them down. However, emus are apparently quite smart, and the flock soon broke up into several smaller units and spread out. The soldiers couldn’t get to them all, and eventually retreated after about a month of “combat.” All told, only about 968 birds were killed, and the emus declared victory over an actual human army.