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A monument commemorates the Polish and Australian forces that served in the Siege of Tobruk in 1941 during World War Two. Funds were received in 2013 to repair damage caused by vandalism.

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.

Monument characteristics :

Two rectangular vertical blocks of polished granite which are linked by the word "Tobruk" in bronze at the top.   Between the two blocks is a polished black stone.  All inscriptions are in bronze


Address:Elizabeth Street & Augusta Road, New Town, 7008
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.867613
Long: 147.311459
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:10-April-1941
Actual Event End Date:27-November-1941


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 11th December, 1982
Front Inscription

This monument was erected by the Polish Association in Hobart to commemorate the Polish - Australian brotherhood in arms established in Tobruk in 1941.

Pomnik ten zostal wzniesiony przez zwiazek polakow w Hobart dla upamietnienia Polsko-Australijeskiego braterstwa broni z okresu walk w Tobruku w 1941 roku

Unveiled by the Governor of Tasmania His Excellency Sir James Plimsoll AC CBE on 11th December 1982.

Plaque :

In commemoration of 50th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk 1941 to honour 562 Australian and 133 Polish soldiers who are buried at the War Cemetery - Tobruk, Libya.

We will remember them

Left Side Inscription

The units of Australian Army under the command of Major-General Leslie J Morshead CMG CBE DSO ED Tobruk fortress commander

Right Side Inscription

Polish Carpathian Brigade under the command of Major-General Stanislaw Kopanski VM PR CB CBE DSO CG

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