Friday, August 1, 2008

[Map] Siege of Tobruk, 1941.

The Siege of Tobruk

Libya, 1941.

This is a map of Siege of Tobruk, as defended by the 9th Division, from April to November, 1941. You can see the both the Red and Blue lines as well as post numbers and dispositions of the Royal Horse Artillery guns.

Post R49, as discussed in the previous article "Post R49 Tobruk Explained" is located on the Red Line to the east of the El-Adem road. The locations of major battles is also shown.

Click on the image to expand it.


image from "The War, The Whores and the Afrika Korps". by NX34089 Cpl. Jack Barber, 2/17th Infantry Battalion, 1997, Kangaroo Press, Sydney.

9 comments:

Douglas said...

Hey. Just want to thank you for the great blog you have created. I am currently studying the Rats of Tobruk as a histroy project at school, and your detailed information has helped me alot. One question; what are Royal Horse Artillery guns? Can you please post a picture or email it to me at douglas_chan_th@hotmail.com
Thank You.

dawnayr said...

My father {Phillip} Greg Ayres vx28535 was a proud Rat of Tobruk. He died aged 48 in 1971 I was only 23 and did not get enough time in life to talk to my Father about his time in Tobruk. That is of coursr IF he wanted to talk about The War. How proud he was and we his children were to see him march every Anzac Day. What you are doing here is great. Vale to all our lost Rats and their . Dawn
dawnayr@gmailcom

dawnayr said...

My father {Phillip} Greg Ayres vx28535 was a proud Rat of Tobruk. He died aged 48 in 1971 I was only 23 and did not get enough time in life to talk to my Father about his time in Tobruk. That is of coursr IF he wanted to talk about The War. How proud he was and we his children were to see him march every Anzac Day. What you are doing here is great. Vale to all our lost Rats and their mates God Bless The Rats of Tobruk . Dawn
dawnayr@gmailcom

Anonymous said...

My dad phillip gregory ayres aka greg was a wonderful dad who passed away three weeks before my twin delma and I were 21. I loved him dearly and I had great times doing cross words with him. He made a fantastic lamb shank soup. Just wish that he could have been here to meet husband frank and our four great kids and now six grandkids. Im sure he is loking after my mum nw. You were a great soldier dad and i thank you love patrece

Lisa said...

Hi, I have the privilege of working with a Rat on his (short) memoirs. He lives in a nursing home now, but he still has all his marbles and he is an absolute inspiration. There is so much I can learn from him, but the first and foremost thing I've learnt is humility.
Thanks for putting together a great page; I hope to be able to add some stuff as I learn, as well.
Regards, Lisa.

Roslyn said...

My dad is 96 and served overseas, he spent 6 months in Tobruk in the 2nd 12th made up of mostly tasmania's and queenslanders. He is well and really enjoys talking of his experiences now. My husband and I travelled to Libya in 2010 and what an experience, one we will never forget. To be ale to walk amongst the trenches and go under ground under the famous "fig tree", unbelievable. We also visited the commonwealth war cemeteries in Benghazi, Tobruk and el Alamein. The overall experience was life changing and made us more appreciative of our history.

Anonymous said...

My granddad Cecil Johnstone was a Rat of Tobruk. He was with the 2nd 12th. Coming from Queensland. Was a great man, but didn't speak much about it to me before he passed away. I guess he thought I was too young ( I was only 4 when he left us) I'm digging around trying to gather any information I can about him and who he served with. So far his medals have brought me to find he was with in the 2nd 12th and a rat of Tobruk but that's all I know.

GREAT MILITARY BATTLES said...

War is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

Your article is well done, a good read.

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