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Commemoration of Relief in Tobruk

A commemorative broadcast to honour the service and sacrifice of the Australian 9th Division and the Polish Carpathian Brigade at Tobruk.

29 August 2021 02:00 pm - 29 August 2021 02:30 pm
Online event
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to hold a live service. While we cannot join together to give remembrance, a commemorative broadcast honours the 9th Division and the Polish Carpathian Brigade, and remembers their actions during the Siege of Tobruk.

80th Anniversary

This service honours the sacrifice of the Australian 9th Division and the Polish Carpathian Brigade during the Siege of Tobruk.

After fighting the German counter-offensive along the north coast of Africa, in April 1941 the 9th Division withdrew to Tobruk. There, the enemy surrounded the city in a siege that would last 240 days. 14,000 Australian soldiers faced repeated attacks and almost constant bombing. Their determined defence earned them the nickname 'Rats of Tobruk.' 749 men of the 9th Division were killed during the siege.

From August 1941, the 9th Division began to be relieved. The Polish Independent Carpathian Brigade took over their duties at Tobruk, and remained until the siege was lifted in December 1941. Composed of soldiers exiled after the invasion of Poland in 1939, they lost 127 men while serving at Tobruk. 

Watch the commemorative broadcast:

Reviewed 19 August 2021

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