Blog: 1941, Tobruk
Cosgriff’s diary: Friday 19th September 1941
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
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
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
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
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