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A cross commemorates those who served in the Siege of Tobruk in North Africa during World War Two.

The Siege of Tobruk was a confrontation that lasted 241 days between Axis and Allied forces in North Africa during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. The siege started on 11 April 1941, when Tobruk was attacked by an Italo–German force under Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel and continued for 240 days up to 27 November 1941, when it was relieved by the Allied 8th Army during Operation Crusader.

Australian troops of the Australian 9th Division and the 18th Brigade of the Australian 7th Division under Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead made up more than half of the Allied presence in Tobruk with a total strength of over 14,000 men. The soldiers who held the garrison port were given the name "The Rats of Tobruk."


Address:216 Daws Road, Repatriation General Hospital Chapel, Daw Park, 5041
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.990103
Long: 138.589264
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:09-April-1941
Actual Event End Date:07-December-1941


Front Inscription

This Cross Is Erected In Memory Of
The Men Who Served In The Siege Of Tobruk
9 April 1941 To 7 December 1941
And Who Have Since Passed On

Source: MA
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