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A plaque commemorates those who lost their lives in the defence of Tobruk 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:||Esplanade Headland, Memorial Wall, Caloundra, 4551|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -26.8025|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||10-April-1941|
|Actual Event End Date:||27-November-1941|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1999|
IN PROUD MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES WHO FELL IN THE DEFENCE OF TOBRUK APRIL- DECEMBER 1941
A TRIBUTE BY REDCLIFFE-CALOUNDRA MEMBERS RATS OF TOBRUK ASSN 1999