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World War I broke out when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated and Germany sided with Austria-Hungary against France, Russia, and the United Kingdom. As an overseas dominion of the British Empire, Australia joined the war on August 4, 1914. The Australian Imperial Forces quickly set sail for Europe and engaged the opposition in the Middle East and on the Western Front. With Allied troops, they marched through the Middle East toward Turkey and fought in the trenches of France and Belgium. During the Hundred Days Offensive, they participated in the Battle of Amiens and successfully pushed German troops back. The war ended on November 11, 1918, when Germany signed the armistice.

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Fold3, World War I (/collection/world-war-i-australia : accessed February 28, 2021), database and images,

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