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A monument commemorates those who served during the Siege of Tobruk from April to December 1941 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:King William Road & Victoria Drive, Pathway of Honour, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.918871
Long: 138.600541
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:09-April-1941
Actual Event End Date:12-December-1941


Front Inscription

In memory of all who suffered the siege of Tobruk

9th April 1941 - 12th December 1941

The Rats of Tobruk

Erected by the Rats of Tobruk Association  South Australian Branch

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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