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! AUSTRALIAN RIFLES SENT TO BRITAIN

OFFSETTNG LOSSES AT

DUNKIRK

Cal! For More Weapon*

SYDNEY, Monday

The Minister for Mimu «". í

The Minister tor Muniton? m, Maldn) today revealed that nU,1 bers of the militia and VoluS. Defence Corps had been coratA at one stage to train with brooí,

sticks instead of rifles becausa Si Australia's reserve stocks of »la« had been sent to Britain follow?T ¡the Dunkirk retreat T"8

Pointing out that British tiT» at Dunkirk had to abandon so mZ of their equipment that if GermaT had seized the opportunity to attack IBHtaln, there would not have been enough tifies to go round, Mr Makin ¡said that the reserve supplies in th» Commonwealth were lmmcdatdv shipped to Britain co help her in her diie need For this reason mm in Australia had had to go short,

Disclosing that Australia s «. serve stock had now been built up to pic Dunkirk level, Mr Makin «aid

that, in spite of this we must have i more rifles as we never know when another emergency might occur

"We would like to see more Bren and Owen guns, but they will t* some time coming along," added the ¡Minister, who said that already"th» AI F had to be fully re-equlppej with rifles on three occasions \¡¡

Any 'man or woman who ,mjki

out on his job walks out on Austra

:11a declared Mr Makin in appealing i lor' nothing less than 100 per MM, production of ro.unit.ons

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