• Tobruk Diaries: Evacuating Benghazi

    Monday 28 March 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s Diary: Friday 28th March 1941 We took up our position and we caught a couple of donkeys to carry most of our heavy gear up.  It is definitely impossible to dig in so we just cut out the middle of bushes to sleep in.  We do our own cooking and there are plenty of rations.  Away to the left are Bengasi and Benina and can only just be seen.  Our only problem is the carriage of water.  The Senoussi here seems friendly and …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Just ‘ordinary’ days

    Monday 21 March 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s Diary: Friday 21st March 1941 Today was one of the lousiest days I’ve put in anywhere.  The weather was terrible.  The old Sahara Desert can be very nasty when it likes.  Sand is everywhere.  A warning order has arrived ready to move by night.  It might be tomorrow night.  Information has been received that some Wogs* are signalling to aircraft by placing their camels near objectives.  We’ll have to watch them. …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Sand Storms and Air Raids

    Monday 14 March 2011 by Carlie Walker. 3 comments

    Bryant’s Diary:  Friday 14th March 1941 I had a cow of a night last night.  The wind became very strong and my eyes, ears, mouth and nose became choked with sand.  I spent all day making a dug out for myself.  It can do anything now.  As a matter of fact we had a shower of rain today, but it was only slight.  Still no more air raids. Bryant’s Diary:  Saturday 15th March 1941 Another dive-bomber came over this morning.  I let …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Planes, ships and automobiles

    Monday 7 March 2011 by Carlie Walker. 1 comments

    Bryant’s Diary: Friday 7th March 1941 The convoy spread out more today and there were only six trucks to the mile.  As a result our truck didn’t leave until about 1 o’clock.  We had a bit of a shock when a large plane flew towards the convoy.  The truck pulled up and we dived out and took cover.  The plane turned out to be British and I bet the pilot laughed.  We passed through Barce, the ex-Italian aerodome and finally camped…

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Illness, Moans and Mutiny

    Monday 28 February 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    For information on the locations mentioned in this blog entry, see the Eastern Mediterranean map in chapter 1, page 5 of the Second War official histories: /cms_images/histories/19/chapters/01.pdf Bryant’s Diary: Friday 28th February 1941 We travelled all last night and arrived at East Kantara this morning where we had breakfast.  We crossed the Suez Canal and boarded a train.  We travelled all day for Mersa Matruh.  At a railway …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: The 'Adventure' Begins

    Monday 31 January 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    For the Introduction and Glossary for this blog go to: /education/tobruk_diaries/index.asp   Owen Thomas Cosgriff Owen Thomas Cosgriff was born 21 December 1907 in Korumburra, Victoria.  In his adult years he moved to Brunswick, Victoria, where he lived until his enlistment with the 2/4th Australian General Hospital (A.G.H), AIF, (Australian General Hospital) in Caulfield.  In December 1940, Cosgriff left Melbourne aboard the …

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