Frequent question: Did Czech soldiers fight at Tobruk?

Did Rommel take Tobruk?

British commanders had decided not to defend Tobruk for a second time and its minefields had been stripped for use in the Gazala Line to the west.

Axis capture of Tobruk
Ettore Bastico Erwin Rommel Neil Ritchie Hendrik Klopper
96,000 troops (40,000 German, 56,000 Italian) 35,000 troops

How many Rats of Tobruk are still alive?

Today, out of 14,000 Aussie Rats that held Tobruk against Rommel’s forces 78 years ago, only around 30 are still alive to tell the story.

How did the siege of Tobruk end?

During the siege, they designed their own medals, in the shape of a rat, made from the scrap metal of a downed German aeroplane. Rommel kept up the bombardment until November 1941, when a counter-attack by the British re-took the territory, and the siege was ended.

What is Tobruk called now?

It is the capital of the Butnan District (formerly Tobruk District) and has a population of 120,000 (2011 est.).


Tobruk طبرق
Country Libya
Region Cyrenaica
District Butnan
Elevation 16 ft (5 m)

How many soldiers died at 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 amounted to 832 killed, 2,177 wounded and 941 prisoners.

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Why did the Australians leave Tobruk?

In the summer of 1941, Lieutenant-General Thomas Blamey, commander of the Second Australian Imperial Force, with the support of the Prime Minister of Australia, requested the withdrawal of 9th Australian Division from Tobruk in order to meet the strong desire of the Australians that all their forces in the Middle East

How big was the Czech army in 1938?

In 1938, the 1,500,000-strong Czechoslovak Army was among the largest in Europe, and fairly well-equipped with modern weapons, including locally produced tanks and aircraft.

Who was Czechoslovakia allied with in ww2?

Slovakia became an independent state under the leadership of a Catholic priest, Jozef Tiso, whose followers established a fascist, authoritarian, one-party dictatorship, strongly influenced by the separatist Catholic clerical hierarchy in internal policy and closely allied with Nazi Germany.