Blog: 1941, Tobruk
Bryant's Diary: Friday 21st February 1941
Retired back to Wadi Chariar and took up positions in old Turkish trenches.
Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 21st February 1941
Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 14th February 1941
Pro pace [For peace]. Only Horan and Carroll at Mass. Lecture on Arabic – too hard for me. Tim and Owen here for lunch. Visited McCormack and Ronald. Hours too long at evening meets. Arthur Amies the only one working. Horan filling his torch.
Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 7th February 1941
Fallen soldiers. Letters from Aileen, Elsa, home (2), Dr Pascal. Tom missed out on mail – sent cable. Pay day 13 pounds short. Alex this arvo with Len. Bath in Errington’s bath-room. Met Sam Johnston at Windsor Hotel. Found whereabouts of Owen Steele. Coffee with Campbell and Honils. Home at 12:30.
1941 was a year of battle. It was a time of victories and defeat. Australian soldiers, sailors, and airmen fought their first major battles of the Second World War in North Africa and in the Mediterranean. Australian and British troops won a series of early successes in Libya and later in Syria. But they also suffered greatly on mainland Greece and on Crete. When a rapid German offensive swept the British from Libya, all that stopped the Germans from continuing into Egypt was the defiant garrison at Tobruk.