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The Australians in Egypt

The first and second contingents of the Australian Imperial Force, a fine and sturdy a body that ever left the Commonwealth, had embarked on a strange and adventurous career for parts an unknown destination. Intermingled among this vast host of some 50,000 men were men who had seen service in South Africa but most of the lads were young & full of an adventurous and selfless spirit, and not a few had ever left the shores of Australia. They were young, and had the misfortune to be deprived of the benefits of true home life, & of suitable education and so embarked, as they were,

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