Identifying with authority, they obeyed rather than thought. Apr 28, 2019 today, out of 14,000 aussie rats that held tobruk against rommels forces 78 years ago, only around 30 are still alive to tell the story. Tells the story of three menbluey, a tough two fisted drover. Tells the story of three menbluey, a tough two fisted drover taylor, milo, a laconic dingo trapper rafferty, and pete, an intellectual english new chum finch. The rats of tobruk hold an identifiable place within the ranks of returned servicemen, particularly in australia, where there is the rats of tobruk memorial, canberra on 22 march 1944, the original members of the rats of tobruk formed the north bondi subbranch of the returned and services league of australia and it is still known in modern times as tobruk house or the rathouse. Most of the fighting scenes were in the dark which did not translate well on my dvd version as the scenes looked totally black. The name the rats of tobruk refers to the troops, mostly australian, who held out against german gen. The rats of tobruk 1944 watch on prime video, fandor, kanopy. The tanks break through and your infantry still keep fighting. The rats of tobruk was the name given to the soldiers who held the libyan port of tobruk against the afrika corps, during the siege of tobruk in world war ii. In usa, the american version titled the fighting rats of tobruk cut some of these giving the film a better flow. Create marketing content that resonates with prezi video.
The conditions in the siege of tobruk war were desert, rubble, rocks and dust repeated ground assaults were coming from bombs and shells that had gone off all around the area during the fight, which subjected the australians to fight in a harsh dusty place were war was taking place. Then, the british 8th armys taking of occupied africa in 1943, from the trouncing of tobruk to the triumph at tripoli, can be relived once more with the oscarwinning documentary desert victory. The fighting is much more graphic, often handtohand, and convincingly chaotic. Siege of tobruk simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Meanwhile, the nazi propaganda machine tried to erode the defenders morale.
Together they serve in north africa, fighting against the forces of rommel in what has now become one of australias greatest wartime legends the rats of tobruk. Grant taylor is the squarejawed lead, chips rafferty adds character, and peter finch is the uppercrust englishman. Watch the fighting rats of tobruk full free youtube. Tobruk patrols were of two types fighting and reconnaissance. Today, out of 14,000 aussie rats that held tobruk against rommels forces 78 years ago, only around 30 are still alive to tell the story. The rats of tobruk was the name given to the soldiers of the garrison who held the libyan port of tobruk against the afrika corps, during the siege of tobruk in world war ii. Jun 26, 2015 together they serve in north africa, fighting against the forces of rommel in what has now become one of australias greatest wartime legends the rats of tobruk. The radio berlin host lord haw haw, the british turncoat william joyce, in his program derisively referred to the australians as the poor desert rats of tobruk who were caught like rats in a. Curators notes the rats of tobruk 1944 on aso australia. The rats of tobruk is a dated but watchable aussie ww2 movie, of which there arent too many in existence. These actions and campaigns were fought in the middle east and the mediterranean where the three australian services were continuously.
Original us theatrical trailer for the fighting rats of tobruk a classic australian world war ii film. The german afrika corps under the command of general erwin rommel had commenced the offensive which drove the british forces eastwards across the desert to the egyptian frontier. The fighting rats of tobruk 1944 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Subscribe to download sp\ coopduws r the rats of tobruk. Australians standing by in a hot section of the front, 400 yards from the enemy. Rats of tobruk thieves in the night convict creations. The rats of tobruk 1944 clip 1 on aso australias audio and. Independent international pictures corp fox lorber films winstar tv and video firm. The battle started on 11 april 1941, when tobruk was besieged by an italian and nazi german force commanded by lieutenant general erwin rommel.
Summarybetween april and august 1941, over 14,000 soldiers now given the. Siege of tobruk the siege of tobruk took place in the western desert of north africa in 1941 at the height of the second world war. Oct 11, 2011 fighting through incredible heat, cold, thirst and hunger with unmistakable bravery, determination and passion 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the battle of tobruk. Just another day at the office for the australian desert rats during the long siege of tobruk. To play the downloadable video, you need quicktime 7. Alternetly, this article could be stripped back to a definition of what a rat of tobruk is, with the coverage of the fighting being moved to the seige article. Its members used all their bushcraft to avoid being discovered. Together they serve in north africa, fighting against the forces of rommel in what has now become one of australias greatest. The battles played out are not very clear and leaves the viewer guessing what really happened. Together they serve in north africa, fighting against the forces of rommel in what has now become one of australias greatest wartime. Thanks to the generosity of the rights holders, we are able to offer a lash at the enemy from the feature film the rats of tobruk as a high quality video download. Tobruk was an allied defensive operation in an attempt to maintain a foothold on the north african coast. Fighting rats of tobruk 1951 soldiers chips rafferty, grant taylor, peter finch of the australian and new zealand army corps hold off the nazis for months. The fighting rats of tobruk desert victory on tcm shop.
The rats of tobruk is a 1944 australian film directed by charles chauvel. The film follows three drover friends who enlist in the australian army together during world war ii. Fully restored and presented in a brand new transfer, the rats of tobruk is a rousing tribute to the many brave the soldiers who served their nation. The rats of tobruk 1944 directed by charles chauvel. Rats are one of the most prominent survivors on earth and the soldiers acted the same. The rats of tobruk 1944 clip 1 on aso australianscreen. With the attack now over, the sergeant major took the roll and found that only one of his man had been killed in the short, sharp action. Adolf hitler had prepared for war by socially engineering his followers into the perfect fighting machines. As the same troops had been shipped to new guinea to fight the japanese almost immediately after their withdrawal from tobruk, chauvel included a final sequence filmed in canungra gorge, southeast queensland. Available on dvd through au following on the great tradition of forty thousand horsemen, charles chauvels 1944. The rats of tobruk the fighting rats of tobruk 2015. Watch the fighting rats of tobruk full free lynn m.
The fighting rats of tobruk 1944 rare movie collector. They were called rats, a term that the australian soldiers embraced as an ironic compliment. The rats of tobruk hold an identifiable place within the ranks of returned servicemen, particularly in australia, where there is the rats of tobruk memorial, canberra. I believe if you want to see just how far directors have progressed from the early days of film making to what we expect today, then this film is worth. The germans called them the rats of tobruk always digging in the ground and urged them to come out and fight. An abridged version was released in the united states in 1951 as the fighting rats of tobruk. Grant taylor is the squarejawed lead, chips rafferty adds character. Soldiers chips rafferty, grant taylor, peter finch of the australian and new zealand army corps hold off the nazis for months. Together they serve in north africa, fighting against the forces of rommel in what has now become one of australias greatest wartime legendsthe rats of tobruk. This television series loosely based on the actual world war ii exploits of the allied australian, new zealander, and british defenders of tobruk, libya. Commemorating one of the first major battles that australia fought in world war ii, the rats of tobruk 1941 special exhibition is on display in the canberra memorial until. The 1941 siege of tobruk, birth of the rats of tobruk. The siege of tobruk lasted some 241 days from 10 april 1941 until 27 november of the same year. There were also major oil fields in the middle east that were vital to fuel their tanks, planes and motorised transport.
This battle primarily involved the australian 9th infantry division, as well as british artillery. Grant taylor, peter finch, chips rafferty, pauline garrick, mary gay, george wallace, joe valli, tony villa, joe. Like stealthy shadows, they saw without being seen. The australian soldiers go the nickname the rats of tobruk because of their endurance. May 27, 2017 watch the fighting rats of tobruk full free lynn m. The fighting rats of tobruk is a 1944 australian film directed by charles chauvel. Released as the fighting rats of tobruk, this drama was based on actual incidents.
The story follows a trio of characters as they head off to fight rommel on north africa. Using this as a rallying cry, the rats of tobruk defended the city for 250 days, winning an important battle against the germans and helping to turn the tide of wwii. Erwin rommels legendary afrika korps at the libyan port of tobruk during 1941. The rats of tobruk controlling north africa would give the allied forces a base from which to attack occupied europe, across the mediterranean. The fighting rats of tobruk 1944 opens on a pastoral scene lowing herds roaming over the gently rolling hills of australia, whips cracking, and on the background soundtrack a male chorus singing an outback song. The battle of tobruk, in which a small british force composing primarily of australians, nicknamed the rats of tobruk, held tobruk while surviving waves of axis forces, is the most significant to australia. A special anzac day ceremony was to have been held this year in the libyan town of tobruk, marking the 70th anniversary of the start of what was to become a. Buy the fighting rats of tobruk desert victory dvd at. The siege of tobruk by german forces in 1941, commanded by field marshall erwin rommel, was lifted only after months of desperate fighting. For 8 months at tobruk in 1941, 15,000 australians and 8,000 british and indian troops held a german army 7 times their number and 7 times their armor. This socalled siege of tobruk began on 10th of april 1941 and ended in november of that year. The siege started on 10 april 1941 and was finally relieved at the end of november. Their story is based on the siege of the libyan city of tobruk in north africa by rommels afrika korps. Rats of tobruk home tribute is a tribute to the rats of tobruk, who fought in tobruk, during the siege of tobruk, of 241 days from april 10 to december 1941.
Currans hill, narellan, nsw rats of tobruk chauvel. Italy a german ally had occupied libya, right next to egypt where the british were heavily ensconced. The job of the reconnaissance patrol was to gather information and, if possible, to secure prisoners for identification. The fighting rats of tobruk 1944 the fighting rats of. On 22 january 1941, a joint force of british, australian, and indian troops captured the libyan port city of tobruk making it the only alliedheld city in axiscontrolled territory. Following on the great tradition of forty thousand horsemen, charles chauvels 1944 cinematic account of the battle of rommel. The rats of tobruk is available to stream on prime video, fandor and kanopy. Tobruk 1967 in order to slow rommels advance on the suez canal, a group of allied soldiers cross the libyan desert to destroy enemy fuel reserves and stop tanks dead in their tracks. Australian forces successfully held tobruk against heavy fire from axis troops for 250 days, and the battle has been cited as a turning point in the war in north africa. Peter finch, chips rafferty, grant taylor, and pauline garrick star in the rugged australian wwii adventure the fighting rats of tobruk.570 779 383 170 96 761 291 86 245 914 289 1491 1049 189 811 373 434 788 725 1042 1021 906 621 725 1015 1498 312 63 138 1507 1054 192 895 806 1254 785 1046 714