memories of Tobruk


Marree, Australia

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Between April and August 1941 up to 14,000 Australians, were besieged in Tobruk by General Erwin Rommel. The Allied garrison was largely Australian.

The 2/13 Battalion was the only Australian unit left in Tobruk when the siege ended on 10 December. The Australian casualties were 3,009 killed or wounded and 941 taken prisoner.

The German propagandist Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) derided the troops as the “Rats of Tobruk”, a term proudly embraced as an ironic compliment.

The collage is made up from images taken by my grandfather from Tobruk and the middle east where he served as a mechanic. ( I don’t as yet know what unit he was attached too.) It is probable/possible that he spent the rest of his life affected by the trauma of his experiences, to what effect on his family.

I don’t know the story behind the photo of the skull & crossbones but I do know that it must have some serious significance as he and his mates all had a tattoo on their forearms of the skull & crossbones. Apparently he never did tell the story to my grandmother and his kids. ( although maybe he did and they just didn’t want to tell and impressionable grand daughter.)

BTW – I am not exactly happy with the toning & texture in this work so if anybody has any suggestions I would be glad to hear them.

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