Monday 28 November 2011 by Carlie Walker. 3 comments.
1941, Tobruk, Tobruk diaries Tobruk, Siege

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 were wounded and 941 were taken prisoner.

Read on

Monday 22 August 2011 by Carlie Walker. No comments.
1941, Tobruk, Tobruk diaries Tobruk, Siege, Australians

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

Read on

Monday 18 April 2011 by Carlie Walker. No comments.
1941, Tobruk, Tobruk diaries Second World War, Tobruk, Rats of Tobruk, Siege

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

Read on

Monday 4 April 2011 by Carlie Walker. No comments.
1941, Tobruk, Tobruk diaries Battles, Commemoration, Tobruk, Rats of Tobruk, Siege

Bryant's Diary: Friday 4th April 1941

Read on

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.

Read on