• Tobruk diaries: Back to Tobruk...

    Monday 19 September 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Cosgriff’s diary:  Friday 19th September 1941 Another perfect night... Good round this morning.  Eyetie patient very violent...Air warfare at a stand-still due to dust I think... C.O. wanting to know why I want uniform allowance.  Gillespie here today.  Steele told him all about Conlon.  Len had a parcel of Crown A’s today – still fresh from Australia.  Boys intrigued to know when we are going out but no sign this month.  …

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  • Tobruk diaries: What a night! Planes and bombs

    Monday 12 September 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s diary:  Friday 12th September 1941 The review went off very well and the General seemed very pleased.  I left Mughazi at about 8 o’clock on the draft.  We were mucked about a good deal at Gaza station but got away at about 12.30. Cosgriff’s diary:  Friday 12th September 1941 Bad night again with many raids.  Mass for Mary J.  Had a few this morning but most were OK already.  Polish priest arrived and hopped straight…

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Air raids and accidents

    Monday 5 September 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s Diary:  Friday 5th September 1941 I left in the afternoon on a tour of Palestine.  We reached Haifa and stayed the night.  Haifa is by far the best town or city in the Middle East.  We slept in a school. Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 5th September 1941 Quiet night again with plenty of moon.  Up at 6:45 for drive in - rain on road... Mass for Mary J... Only 5 blokes to see.  Gardy, who is looking much better – wanting …

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  • Medals of a Rat

    Wednesday 31 August 2011 by David Gist. 4 comments

    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 …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Yarns and larrikins

    Monday 29 August 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    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 Flares again last night and some falling ack-ack shrap.  Missa pro defunctis.  Gardy still very volute with diarrhoea.  Received Woman’s Weekly from Borromeo with story of the Tubb family...pope on a trip to Australia.  Polish doctor – Tronson and …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Isolation and no news

    Monday 22 August 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Background:  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 Quiet night in the wadi but only four hours sleep.  Bar delayed …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Going to the Chapel...

    Monday 15 August 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 15th August 1941 Raids lasted 90 mins and bombs near ward 12.  Missa assumpta [Mass of the Assumption] – big crowd here.  Eyetie chaplain gone but only one turned up for Mass today out of seventeen.  Steele in today and offered me leave for a fortnight.  Went and retrieved altar-stores from the Church.   Good radio description of Tobruk by reporter for “Times”... Peter Gleeson’s holiday …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: ‘we are targets day and night’

    Monday 8 August 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    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 Retired at 2 pm – up at 6:30 to drive in for Mass with two pretty dry comrades.  Mass for Dan …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Treating the wounded

    Monday 1 August 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    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 Good night... Fair round today... Read Don Juan – “world’s greatest lover”.  Steele in and decided against using Church – only Communions there on next Sunday.  Angel and crucifix from the church are in my room now and everybody thinks it is a woman in the room.  Alec…

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  • Tobruk Diaries: At work and play...

    Monday 25 July 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    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 Arose at 6:30 and Crouch drove me in for Mass.  He thought this was like a hotel.  Missa pro Defunctis [Mass for the Dead].  Casualties from 32nd who failed to get prisoners... But …

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