Tobruk action 1941

Accession Number F01063
Collection type Film
Measurement 13 min 8 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/sound
Maker Parer, Damien Peter
Place made North Africa: Libya, Cyrenaica, Tobruk Area, Tobruk
Date made January 1941
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The Tobruk area in which the British Forces had imprisoned a garrison of 25,000 troops was protected by two formidable rings of defence, an outer perimeter of stone fortifications protected by mines, tank traps wire entanglements and an inner chain of stone strongpoints. The enemy was cut off from escape to the west by British mechanised units and the brunt of the attack was left to the Australians, supported by RAF tanks and British artillery working in conjunction with Australian artillery. The attack was launched on these defences at 5.30am on 21 January 1941. This film concentrates on the aftermath of battle, showing scenes of devestation to enemy lines and fortifications, prisoners of war, tending of wounded, corpses filmed from a distance, The film is silent, excepting the spoken piece to camera by a commanding officer at the film's beginning, and a conversation with an Italian prisoner of war (POW) at 12.40

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