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A park commemorates Australian and Allied servicemen who fought in the Siege of Tobruk in North Africa 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.

Location

Address:Helen Street, Tobruk Park, Ulverstone, 7315
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.156482
Long: 146.164357
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

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

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 8th April, 1984
Front Inscription

Tobruk Park

Plaque :

This memorial plaque is dedicated to those who served in Tobruk during the seige April 1941 - December 1941

And to those members of the 2nd A.I.F. who fell in the line of duty and now rest in the desert sands of Libya

May they rest in peace

Plaque :

This park is dedicated to the memory of those who fought and died during the Siege of Tobruk April 10th - December 7th 1941

Dedication service was conducted by Rev E L White April 8th 1984

Inscription in Proximity

Australian Casualties

Killed 778

Wounded 2112

Missing 65

Prisoners 954

Total 3907

Source: MA.SKP,TWM
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