The Great Emu War of 1932

I’m sure back in school you learned about all the important conflicts of the 20th Century: World War I and II, Vietnam, Korea. But did you ever hear tell of the Great Emu War of 1932?

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It was the one and only time a standing army declared war on a bird … and then lost. The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is giant flightless bird from the ratite family; they’re the slightly smaller cousin of the Ostrich. They stand 1.5…