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Rats of Tobruk : 11-March- 2014
Rats of Tobruk : 11-March- 2014
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A plaque commemorates those who died in service or were killed in action during the Siege 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:Darby & Laman Streets, Civic Park Memorial Grove, Newcastle , 2300
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.928889
Long: 151.773333
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:10-April-1941
Actual Event End Date:27-November-1941


Front Inscription

Rats of Tobruk Association
Newcastle Sub-Branch

In Memory of Fallen Comrades

Tobruk Siege
April - December 1941


Source: MA,NRWM
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