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17-May-2015
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A monument commemorates those who served and those who died during the Siege of Tobruk in 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.

 

 

Location

Address:Great North & Lyons Roads, Five Dock, 2046
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.863976
Long: 151.130452
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:11-April-1941
Actual Event End Date:27-November-1941
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 7th April, 1968
Front Inscription

TOBRUK

TOBRUK 1941

This Column Is A Replica Of The Memorial Situated In The War Cemetery At Tobruk And Is Dedicated To Those Who Served And Those Who Died During The Epic Siege

Erected By THE RATS OF TOBRUK ASSOCIATION, N.S.W.

Plaque :

Australia Remembers
1945 - 1995

In Honour Of The Men And Women Who Served Australia In Time Of Conflict During World War II

Lest We Forget
Laid 21st October 1995
Jointly By Rats Of Tobruk Association And Five Dock R.S.L.

Left Side Inscription
TOBRUK
Back Inscription
TOBRUK
Right Side Inscription
TOBRUK
Inscription in Proximity

This Memorial Was Unveiled By His Excellency The Governor Of N.S.W. SIR RODEN CUTLER, V.C., K.C.M.G., C.B.E.
Sunday 7th April 1968

Plaque :

In Memory Of Fallen Comrades And The Unknown Australian Soldier
RATS OF TOBRUK ASSOC. NSW
Remembrance Day
11. 11. 1993

Source: MA,SKP, NRWM
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