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Plaques commemorate those who served in the Siege of Tobruk 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 World War Two. The siege started on 10 April 1941, when Tobruk was attacked by an Italo–German force under Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel and continued for 241 days up to 27 November 1941, when it was relieved by the Allied 8th Army during Operation Crusader.

The “Rats of Tobruk” was the name given to the soldiers of the garrison who held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps during the Siege. 

The garrison, commanded by Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead, consisted of the 9th Australian Division (20th, 24th, and 26th Brigades), the 18th Brigade of the 7th Australian Division, four regiments of British artillery and some Indian troops.


Address:Paterson Street, Kings Park, Launceston, 7250
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.440322
Long: 147.130401
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:10-April-1941
Approx. Event Start Date:April-1941
Actual Event End Date:27-November-1941
Approx. Event End Date:December-1941


Front Inscription

Plaque :

In memory of all who served in the siege of Tobruk
April 1941 - December 1941

Plaque :

Ode to Tobruk

"You are a member of one of the most exclusive organisations in the world.  There are no associate members, honorary members, temporary members, influential members.  Membership cannot be bought at any price.  Only you, and your continued interest can keep your exclusive association alive, and this we must countinue to do if for no other reason than to honour the memory of our departed comrades."

Siege armed services
Australian Army, Australian Navy, Air Force

Servicemen & Women
Australian, British, Indian, Polish, Czechoslovakian, Free French


Source: MA
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