• Tobruk diaries: The siege comes to an end

    Monday 28 November 2011 by . 3 comments

    The last battalion to be evacuated from Tobruk was Bryant's battalion, the 2/13th in December 1941.  Finally, German General Erwin Rommel and his Afrikakorps were forced to abandon the Siege, falling back towards Tripoli.  The Australians had courageously and collectively defended the town for 8 months and established themselves in the annals of Australia’s military history. During the campaign, 832 Australians were killed, 2,177 …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Isolation and no news

    Monday 22 August 2011 by .

    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: Look out above!

    Monday 18 April 2011 by .

    Bryant's Diary:  Friday, 18th April 1941 Today was quiet and only a little artillery was active.  We got plenty of food which is pretty good.  There was an issue of Egyptian cigarettes – a gift from King Farouk, but the boys didn’t go much on their flavour; they were too strong. Cosgriff's Diary:  Saturday 19th April 1941 Raided from 1-6 am.  Plenty of planes and plenty of 1000 bombs.  Several fell in workshops one on road and…

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  • Tobruk Diaries: The Siege begins

    Monday 4 April 2011 by .

    Bryant's Diary: Friday 4th April 1941 About 8 o’clock this morning orders came through to retire immediately.  We packed up and carried our gear to the top of the hill to wait for the truck.  Nobody seemed to know what was up.  We went back and were carried by truck to a place some miles away.  We took up a position and waited for trucks of the RASC to take us away.  Before we left, any gear behind was destroyed.  The trucks …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Just ‘ordinary’ days

    Monday 21 March 2011 by .

    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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