The interior of St Francis Church. While the windows have been blown out, this photograph was ...

Accession Number P10988.005
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Digital file TIFF
Maker Slater, Henry Binns
Place made North Africa: Libya, Cyrenaica, Tobruk Area, Tobruk
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

The interior of St Francis Church. While the windows have been blown out, this photograph was taken before the left wall was damaged. The siege of Tobruk lasted from April to December 1941 and involved over 14000 Australian soldiers. Tobruk was vital for the Allies' defence of Egypt and the Suez Canal, as Allied occupation forced the enemy to bring most of their supplies overland, across 1500 km of desert. Total Australian losses during the siege, from 1st March to 15th December, amounted to 832 killed, 2177 wounded and 941 prisoners.

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