The Rats of Tobruk Service 2019

Veterans, family and friends held a service at the Rats of Tobruk Memorial at 11am on 7th April 2019 remembering the diggers who fought and died in the North African campaign.

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 “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.

Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch