Australian troops train in Britain

An Australian soldier shows his familiarity
with the Vickers machine gun by assembling it while blindfold.
Apparently only when he finished was he told that the demonstration
was for the benefit of King George VI

The majority of troops in the Second Australian Imperial Force ( the First had been formed during the First World War) were sent to the Middle East, where it was initially envisaged that they would train and then join the British Expeditionary Force in France. The 18th Brigade were on their way to the Middle East when France fell and were diverted to Britain where they formed part of the mobile reserve that was intended to meet the invasion.

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