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Rats of Tobruk : 11-March- 2014
Rats of Tobruk : 11-March- 2014
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The 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 242 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.   

Australians provided the mainstay of the Tobruk defence force until August, when they were withdrawn and replaced by the British 70th Division, with the attached Polish Carpathian Brigade.  British forces lifted the siege on 10 December 1941 during Operation 'Crusader', when 1st Army Tank Brigade linked up with a 'break out' force from Tobruk - the 32nd Army Tank Brigade - at Ed Duda, to the south-east of the town.

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:10-December-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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