Place Africa: North Africa, Libya, Cyrenaica, Tobruk Area, Tobruk
Accession Number ART41035
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 400 x 525 x 450 cm
Object type Diorama
Physical description Figures: pewter (tin, antimony and zinc); Backgrounds: synthetic polymer paint on plywood; Modelling: painted plaster over wood and wire armature
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 1 - Mediterranean: Tobruk
Maker Ewers, Ray
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1954 -1956
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

The most bombed town in North Africa during the Second world war, Tobruk ranks with Gallipoli as one of the outstanding names in the annals of Australian military history, for the AIF played the greater part in the holding of this fortress from 10 April to 10 December against German forces that hitherto had suffered no check. The diorama depicts the town of Tobruk and the wreck-strewn harbor as they were during the famous siege. The diorama was repainted in 1970 by Don Evans, and repainted again by George Browning and Rob Slater c.1980 to resize and correct inaccuracies within the diorama.