Friday, August 1, 2008

[Image] The hard yards done at Tobruk

Tobruk, Libya. 11th September, 1941.

The worn out boots of the 9th Division.

An unidentified Army boot maker wonders what to do with the huge stockpile of worn out boots left from the troops of the 9th Division over the course of the siege.

It's not surprising that there are so many boots in this pile. The harsh Libyan desert would be very tough on the standard army boot. Australian troops would often have to walk vast distances not only on patrol, but in the course of their normal troop movements. The defenses of Tobruk were spread out over a vast area and for many the only way to get from one place to another was to walk.

That's a hell of a lot of boots in that pile. Wonder if they have any size 13's?

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