After WWI, Australia was faced with the Great Depression and a drought, and to make matters worse, veterans returning from WWI demanded pay from the Australian government. Out of desperation, the government paid back 5,000 of their heroes with land going westward. But then a new threat emerged; a deadly foe who managed to defeat Australia in the following war. The dreaded emu started moving westward in search for water and their favorite food, wheat, which was the main crop farmed in the Australian west. This devastating attack had an emu mob tearing down fences and destroying wheat fields that belonged to Australian veterans. The farmers failed to defeat the piratical birds so they turned to the government for assistance. The Australian government responded to the outcry of farmers with soldiers armed with Lewis machine guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition.
The Australian soldiers underestimated their fast and furious opponents, which gave the Emus victory. As soon as the Australians opened fire the emus scattered, but barely any were killed. The second battle started when the Australian soldiers decided to set up an ambush near a dam, waiting for the emu mob to approach. This ambush failed when the soldiers unleashed hundreds and hundreds of bullets upon the emu mob, but only managed to take down a dozen. Each emu mob had a leader which would scout around while the other emus feasted, and would send out orders to scatter to other emus if he sensed anything suspicious. The soldiers were so desperate they mounted their machine guns on a jeep and tried to shoot the emus while one of the soldiers chased them to no avail. The emus were faster than the jeep and the soldiers had trouble shooting while the car went up and down the rocky terrain.
With the Australian soldiers outsmarted and outnumbered, they were ultimately recalled. The farmers made several more attempts to get the soldiers to return but it was useless; the emus had won. Major G.P.W. Meredith later told a local news paper, “If we had a military division with the bullet-carrying capacity of these birds, it would face any army in the world. They could face machine guns with the invulnerability of tanks.”
A comment on the national geographic article about the emu war read as such ” The emu war was one of the biggest wars in history and it proves emus are superior [birds], and they should be become gods”