Common questions

How many Aussies died in Tobruk?

How many Aussies died in Tobruk?


Forces Killed Total
Australian 744 3,194
British 88 509
Indian 1 26
Polish 22 107

How many Australians died fighting Japan?

Casualties by service

RAN Total
War against Japan
Killed in action 840 8274
Died of wounds 41 1196
Died of wounds while POW 50

How many Aussie died in ww2?

Australia lost 34,000 service personnel during World War II. Total battle casualties were 72,814. Over 31,000 Australian became prisoners-of-war. Of these more than 22,000 were captured by the Japanese; by August 1945 over one third of them had died in the appalling conditions of the prisoner-of-war camps.

Are there any surviving Rats of Tobruk?

One of the last ‘Rats of Tobruk’ has died in Adelaide, aged 101.

Who won Battle of Tobruk?

On June 21, 1942, General Erwin Rommel turns his assault on the British-Allied garrison at Tobruk, Libya, into victory, as his panzer division occupies the North African port. Britain had established control of Tobruk after routing the Italians in 1940.

How many Australians died in Guadalcanal?

In the Allied Fleet there were approximately 2000 casualties overall (at least 1270 killed). The Battle of Savo Island was one of the worst defeats ever inflicted on the United States’ and Australian navies. Canberra (I) remains the largest Australian warship ever lost in battle.

Who won the Operation Torch?

Operation Torch

Date 8–16 November 1942
Location French Morocco, French Algeria
Result Allied victory
Territorial changes Anglo-American occupation of Morocco and Algeria Free French control of French West Africa Case Anton (Axis occupation of southern France)

How many Australians died in the Siege of Tobruk?

Australian casualties from the 9th Division from 8th April to 25th October numbered 749 killed, 1,996 wounded and 604 prisoners. The total losses in the 9th Division and attached troops from 1st March to 15th December amounded to 832 killed, 2,177 wounded and 941 prisoners.

When did the rats of Tobruk come to Australia?

On 22 March 1944, the original members of the Rats of Tobruk formed the North Bondi Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia and it is still known in modern times as Tobruk House or The Rathouse.

When did the Australians capture Tobruk from the Italians?

March 1941, Allied troops rushing through the streets of Bardia in Libya in search of any remaining enemy troops. [AWM 006083] Advancing west along the Libyan coast, the 6th Australian Division captured Tobruk from the Italians on 21-22 January 1941 and the town became a garrison for the Australian and British forces.

Where was Tobruk located in World War 2?

Location of Tobruk on the north Libyan coast. The siege of Tobruk lasted for 241 days in 1941, after Axis forces advanced through Cyrenaica from El Agheila in Operation Sonnenblume against Allied forces in Libya, during the Western Desert Campaign (1940–1943) of the Second World War.

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