Women And Women During The World War I

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A million Australians, both men and women, served in the Second World War. Half a million were stationed overseas. They fought in campaigns against Germany and Italy in Europe. The Australian homeland came under direct attack with aircraft bombings by the Japanese in north-west Australia. All citizens at this point were encouraged to be apart of the war effort, even children under the age of five. Over 30,000 Australian servicemen were taken prisoner by the Japanese and Germans in 1942. The men that had left Australia left their jobs to the women. Some of these jobs involved teaching which reduced the staff availability in Australian schools. Families were also divided as the women now had work and provide for their children.

Australian school teachers in WW11 urged their students to do ‘their bit’ in the war effort. (Aussie Kids View: WW11) Organizations such as the SPF, school Patriotic fund, were aimed at giving school children “...a sense of involvement and responsibility...” in the war effort that all persons contributed to. (Children in wartime: WW11) Children were given the daily task of sifting through rubbish dumps to find scrap aluminum, lead, brass, copper, bones, bottles, old rags and scrap paper. (Children in wartime: WW11) The metal they collected would be a direct contribution to Australia’s air force. (Aussie Kids View: WW11) The scrap metal would be re-melted and refined for air-craft parts other than the alloy sheet. (Aussie Kids View: WW11) Old rags were…
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