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Thread #166503   Message #4004370
Posted By: GUEST,Observer
13-Aug-19 - 01:12 AM
Thread Name: Correct location for historical song?
Subject: RE: Correct location for historical song?
The Played Waltzing Mailda - Inaccuracies continued.

Contains the lines from the first verse:

"Then in 1915 my country said son
It's time to stop rambling, there's work to be done.
So they gave me a tin hat and gave me a gun
And they sent me away to the war"


1. Infers conscription - there was no conscription in Australia, or indeed in any other place in the British Empire apart from mainland Great Britain and even then that only started in 1916.

2. If you watch any historical documentaries or look at any photographs from the Gallipoli campaign the one item that is strikingly evident by it's total absence was the lack of tin hats. These were initially only ever issues to troops in the front line on the Western Front and only became standard issue in 1916.