Riverina & Western Districts Rats of Tobruk Association Honour RollPrint Page
The Honour Roll contains the names of men who were members of the Temora Sub-Branch formed in 1980. The men from the Riverina served in the Siege of Tobruk.
The Siege of Tobruk lasted from April 1941 to December 1941 when around 14,000 Australian soldiers were besieged in Tobruk by a German–Italian army commanded by General Erwin Rommel.
It was vital for the Allies' defence of Egypt and the Suez Canal to hold the town with its harbour, as this forced the enemy to bring most of their supplies overland from the port of Tripoli, across 1500 km of desert, as well as diverting troops from their advance.
Most of the Australian garrison was evacuated by October, however, 2/13 Battalion could not be evacuated and was still there when the siege was lifted on the10th December. It was the only unit present for the entire siege. Australian casualties were 559 killed, 2450 wounded, and 941 taken prisoner.
|Address:||Baker & Loftus Streets, Temora Ex-Services Memorial Club, Temora, 2666|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.447136|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Type:||Honour Roll|
|Actual Event STart Date:||10-April-1941|
|Actual Event End Date:||07-December-1941|
RIVERINA & WESTERN DISTRICTS
RATS OF TOBRUK ASSOCIATION NSW
Names Inscribed Below Were Members Of The Sub Branch
Formed At Temora On The 1st November, 1980
These Men From Riverina And Western Districts Of NSW
Served In Tobruk During The Siege From 10.4.1941 To 7.12.1941
LEST WE FORGET