Originally posted by AThousandYoung
How many Diggers does it take to prevent, say, a WWII Japanese amphibious assault supported by carriers, or perhaps a CHINESE attack? The Chinese will assign a ten man squad to neutralize every Digger the nation can produce.
Let's consider geographical and military reality rather than puerile fantasy.
In the Second World War, the Japanese never seriously considered invading
and conquering Australia because it was beyond their resources to support
such an invasion. Even if the Japanese could invade and grab a toehold
in northern Australia, it would fulfill no lasting strategic aim.
With regard to China invading Australia, AThousandYoung's usual Sinophobic
'Yellow Peril' fantasies seem to be at play again. Apart from the reality that
China has no intention of invading Australia (with which it does much trade),
Australia is much too far away to be threatened by an amphibious invasion.
China does not even have close to the amphibious warfare capability to invade
and 'liberate' Taiwan (which is much closer than Australia to China).
*If* the English Channel did not exist, then Napoleon's Grand Armee or
Hitler's Wehrmacht *could* have conquered Great Britain. But that's a BIG 'If'.
To sum up, Australia's not in imminent danger of being invaded by any nation.
And if Australia were invaded, then having more people with civilian firearms
would not make much difference in the military outcome.