Blog: Rats of Tobruk
Bryant’s diary: Friday 7th November 1941
The shooting with the Bren was rotten and on the whole I had a cow of a day as an instructor. I heard that the rifle shooting was pretty good.
Cosgriff’s diary: Friday 7 November 1941
Bryant’s diary: Friday 17th October 1941
The day was reasonably quiet, but our patrol duties are still very heavy.
Cosgriff’s diary: Friday 17th October 1941
Cosgriff’s diary: Wednesday 3rd October 1941
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 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 18th July 1941
Another convoy from Tobruk came in.
Cosgriff’s Diary: Friday 18th July 1941
Bryant’s Diary: Friday 11th July 1941
I can get around on my own now. I feel a bit shaky, but I’m getting stronger. A convoy of wounded arrived from Tobruk during the night.
Cosgriff’s Diary: Friday 11th July 1941