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AIF to CMF Changes
AIF to CMF Changes

The following pages are from the Orders designed to bring the Citizens Military Force (CMF) or Militia into line with the names given to the units of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in August 1918. Following from this, designations of the various territories applied to the Training Areas were altered. In the granting of Battle Honours in 1927, CMF units were granted honours that were awarded to the AIF unit after whom they were renamed in 1918.

These three reforms were significant in understanding the nomenclature of the time.

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Gas
Gas 
 

Western Mail, Thursday 19 January 1933, page 2

Gas

Our arrival at Plug-street, in '16 coincided with the use of gas as an instrument, of warfare and as none of the mob were quite sure as to how it would smell, we were all warned to take no risks. After "lights out" on the first night someone yelled, "Gas!" Immediately there was a hurried rush to don masks. Then followed an hour and a half's agonised suffering and sweating whilst gongs and sirens sounded for miles along the line. At last our O.G. came along and gave permission to remove our nosebags, announcing that it was a false alarm and had been traced to our dugout. Nobody would accept the blame, and we were just preparing to go to bed again when "Marty" produced a huge half-eaten raw onion.

Then his offsider let it out, "Blimey, that's the - thing I smelt."

"Mick" (Fremantle).