Have you heard of the Great Emu War? We hadn’t either. The Emu War was an Australian wildlife management military operation conducted in 1932. The residents of the Campion district of Western Australia complained that they were overrun by emus, which are endemic to the continent. Emus are the second-largest bird in the world, right behind ostriches, and the largest native bird in Australia.
After other attempts to control the emus failed, the Australian government deployed soldiers armed with machine guns to quell the feathered rebellion. What followed was one of the strangest episodes in the country’s military history.