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A park commemorates 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:Moubray & Victoria Streets, Rats of Tobruk Reserve, Albert Park, 3206
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.843092
Long: 144.952301
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:10-April-1941
Actual Event End Date:27-November-1941


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 12th April, 1987
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Rats of Tobruk Reserve

In memory of the Rats of Tobruk for their sacrifice during World War II in Libya who held out for over 8 months in 1941 to inflict the first defeat on the German Forces in Africa

Our gratitude to the Port Phillip Council for the presentation of the seat and plaque

Source: MA
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