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15-January-2014
15-January-2014

Photographs supplied by John Huth

An etched sketch of soldiers sitting under a tree and commemorates the fallen of the Tobruk campaign.

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:Paterson Street, Near Bathurst Street Overpass, Launceston, 7250
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.438502
Long: 147.133699
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:10-April-1941
Actual Event End Date:27-November-1941

Dedication

Front Inscription

The lonely tree of Tobruk.

In memory of fallen comrades on their story on their dust we shall build peace.

Rats of Tobruk Association

Source: MA,SKP
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