"The enemy is the tough, prolific, gangling marauder of the sand plains whose species, ever since the beginning of agriculture in the State, has invaded, in a frenzy of hunger, some of the finest fields at the time of ripening of the harvest to shear off crops with voracious beaks and to trample with great webbed feet 100 plants into the earth for each one eaten." - Actual newspaper article on the Emu War.
The Great Emu War was an effort to cull scores of emus that were destroying Australian farmlands. The emus proved too elusive and hard to kill, so the operation was abandoned, to the great embarrassment of the Australian Military.
If we had a military division with the bullet-carrying capacity of these birds it would face any army in the world... They can face machine guns with the invulnerability of tanks. They are like Zulus whom even dum-dum bullets could not stop.
Class 405 4sub emu at Clapham Junction in the early 1980s. These rugged and reliable trains were built in the late 1940s to replace the pre war stock. They were designed by Oliver Bullied and featured a curved bodywork, rather like a traditional gypsy caravan, to allow more seats without exceeding the overall loading gauge. A profile adopted for the BR Mark 1 standard carriage.