Australian voluntary enlistments
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At the time of World War II, Australian military defenses were made up of the full and part-time Militia which could not serve outside Australia or its territories unless they did so on a voluntary basis. After the shocking news of the Fall of France, there was a large number of voluntary enlistments. The (2nd) AIF (Australian Imperial Force) fought against Nazi-Germany, Italy, Vichy France and Japan.
Recruiting poster for AIF (Australian Imperial Force) depicting a happy young man in civilian clothes, holding Army uniform and rifle, news clipping referring to AIF's fighting prowess in background. Department of the Army. 1940.