Visitors to the Memorial’s exhibition Rats of Tobruk 1941 will have noticed the unofficial Rats of Tobruk medal presented, according to its engraving, by Lord Haw Haw. Around twenty of these medals were made at Tobruk, which illustrates one of the earliest examples of the town’s defenders reclaiming the title ‘Rat’, bestowed on them by the propaganda radio program ‘Germany Calling’. Visitors may also notice the brasso caked around the small copper rat on this medal, the result of many years of cleaning.
Bryant’s Diary: Friday 29th August 1941
Copped two days leave to Jerusalem. Left camp at 2pm and arrived at 4.30 pm. Good going.
Cosgriff’s Diary: Friday 29th August 1941
The action in Tobruk was beginning to wind down for the Australians, with the 18th Brigade of the 7th Division evacuated quietly one night during August. However, for the other units the Siege continued for another two months. The last Australian brigade the 2/13th brigade was not evacuated until December...
Cosgriff’s Diary: Friday 22nd August 1941
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Cosgriff’s Diary: Friday 15th August 1941
Bryant’s Diary: Friday 8th August 1941
The camp isn’t so bad. The surf and beach are good and it is a lazy life. We parade for an hour in the morning and once in the afternoon for a swim. The canteen service is good and a fair picture theatre operates. The place improves with time.
Cosgriff’s Diary: Friday 8th August 1941
The announcement of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Japan brought an uplift of spirit among personnel. The end of the war, hitherto a nebulous source of conjecture, suddenly became a definite possibility within a matter of days, even hours. Crowds imbued with eager anticipation mustered round the unit’s radio sets for each news session and gasped with amazement as statistical information about the potentialities of the bomb were unfolded. [57th/60th Australian Infantry Battalion war diary, 8 August 1945]
The AWM has recently acquired a significant set of photographs taken by photographer Gary Ramage in Afghanistan in 2010. Photographs such as these, of Australian Defence Force personnel on patrol ‘outside the wire’ in Afghanistan, are a first for the AWM.
Bryant’s Diary: Friday 1st August 1941
There was an air raid last night and there was a hell of a racket, too.
Cosgriff’s Diary: Friday 1st August 1941
Bryant’s Diary: Friday 25th July 1941
A patient arrived from the 64th General Hospital (English) to share my room... Another convoy arrived from Tobruk in the afternoon. There were a lot of walking cases.
Cosgriff’s Diary: Friday 25th July 1941