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Becasue during German Propaganda radio broadcasts 'Lord Haw Haw' as called by Allied troops, would refer to the Tobruk garrison as "poor desert rats of Tobruk", mocking them and saying that they were caught like rats in a trap, and that they could not get out. When he was saying this he was specificaly refering to the Australian troops, the 9th Division and 18th Brigade. They then adopted this and became known as the 'Rats of Tobruk'.

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My ROT Website is now near completion and contains some 13,500 records of Rats of Tobruk for Aussie, UK and Polish - Veterans and Fallen. The records on my ROT Website are taken from my National ROT Database. At 27/11/2017, both are works in progress - if you find errors or omissions, please contact me by email found on my Website in Contacts. Google search Rats of Tobruk Tribute. Please enjoy. Owen Carlton A Proud Nasho

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