The Rats of Tobruk Association

Rat Of Tobruk Association Crest


During World War 2, more than 14,000 Australians fought at Tobruk (Libya), during the historic 242 day siege. These men became famously known as the Rats of Tobruk.

After returning to Australia, the Tobruk siege servicemen looking for comradeship, established the Rats of Tobruk Association. Around 1944, active branches and sub-branches were started in every state. In more recent times, these branches and subbranches have been wound up owing to the declining numbers of surviving veteran members. The only exception has been the Victorian Branch, which has now operated for over 70 years.

In 2012, veteran members of the Victorian Branch, decided to open membership to descendants and relatives. Since then, many new members have joined. We now have over 500 members from across Australia including a number of original veterans who remain active. Our President Bob Semple is a mighty Rat of Tobruk.

Descendants and relatives of Rats of Tobruk are encouraged to consider joining the association. More information about our association and the Siege of Tobruk can be found on our website

Anyone interested in joining can send an email to for further information.

This association is an incredible legacy of and fantastic tribute to the mighty Rats of Tobruk. With the support of descendants this historic association will continue for many more years.