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The second release in this outstanding series "Famous Battles In Australian History" is a tribute to Tobruk, a testament to courage. The famous ‘Rats of Tobruk’ are acknowledged in The Perth Mint’s outstanding commemoration to this famous battle. The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
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BATTLE OF TOBRUK 1941
The Battle of Tobruk was a lengthy confrontation between Axis and Allied forces in North Africa
during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. The siege started on 11 April 1941, when Tobruk was attacked by an Italian-German force under Lieutenant General Rommel
and continued for 240 days.
The siege was only a couple of months old when the renegade Lord Haw Haw, broadcasting from
Berlin, said the Allies were "caught like rats in a trap". The Allied soldiers accepted the title with
alacrity and became the renowned ‘Rats of Tobruk’. The blockade continued for eight months,
during which the men endured intense bombing raids, entombed in their desert fortress.
However, the Allies held their ground and defied the seemingly unstoppable blitzkrieg war of the
In addition, the Royal Navy and Allied artillery played a crucial role in Tobruk’s defence in providing gunfire support, military supplies, fresh troops and aid in the evacuation of the wounded.
Maintaining control of Tobruk was crucial to the Allied war effort and marked a turning point in the Second World War. The siege of Tobruk was finally lifted in December 1941.
There were those that could not answer those longed-for evacuation orders. Casualties from all
sides of the conflict lie in windswept cemeteries around Tobruk.
The program comprises five coins: