- Title: Tobruk
- Author: Peter FitzSimons
- ISBN: 9780732276454
- Page: 211
- Format: Hardcover
Tobruk narrates the taking of Tobruk as part of a general thrust in North Africa by Allied forces A panicked Winston Churchill wrote Tobruk seems to be the place to be held to the death without thought of retirement must hamper the capture of Tobruk In the dark heart of World War II, when Hitler turned his attentions to conquering North Africa, a distracte Tobruk narrates the taking of Tobruk as part of a general thrust in North Africa by Allied forces A panicked Winston Churchill wrote Tobruk seems to be the place to be held to the death without thought of retirement must hamper the capture of Tobruk In the dark heart of World War II, when Hitler turned his attentions to conquering North Africa, a distracted and far flung Allied force could not give its all to the defence of the key city of Tobruk in Libya So the job was left to the roughest, toughest bunch they could muster Tobruk is the story of an incredible battle in excruciating desert heat through nine long months, against the might of Adolf Hitler s formidable Afrika Korps This force s defence of Tobruk against the Afrika Korps armoured division is one of the great battles of all time, yet rarely talked about Drawing on extensive source material including diaries and letters, some never published before this extraordinary book is the definitive account of this remarkable battle While Peter Fitzsimons is a celebrated historian, his popularity stems from his fantastic storytelling Tobruk is written in a narrative style, putting the reader next to men such as General Leslie Morshead as he decides the fate of his men, next to men such as Jack Harris, as he stands in the blood of an injured mate While detailed and well researched, Tobruk reads like a novel.
Recent Comments "Tobruk"
I had no idea of Australia's involvement in in WW2 Africa and Europe. The personal stories of the free spirit of the troops and their courage and strength was an inspiration to read. A great listen.
Having had a grandfather in the Ninth division, on of the "Rats of Tobruk", I was keen to pick this up as soon as I heard ex-rugby bloke and journo Fitzsimmons was working on it.The book covers the lead into the war in North Africa and predominately the first seige of Tobruk - before the Australian's were withdrawn to the Pacific. Being a siege its a story of stubbornness rather than epic clashes of fire and fury. I found the most interesting parts to be regarding the command of Morsehead, the g [...]
I was hoping this book would provide some insight into the experiences my Grandfather had as a Rat of Tobruk.Overall, it was an excellent book - well researched and provided a great depth of information on the operations in North Africa during WWII. My only disappointment was that the book only focuses on a few of the battalions that were at Tobruk, it would have been great if all of them had been researched, although I understand that this would have been a huge undertaking for the author and h [...]
The weeping nationalistic generalisations and folksy anecdotes, are at best distracting and at worst misleading for anyone interested in anything other than a superficial overview.If you are a person who would otherwise not have taken an interest in this critical period in Australian military history then Fitzsimon's book may hold some appeal.For everyone else there are so many better books that FitzSimons' on the mediterranean campaign and on the battle at Tobruk.
I can't rate this book high enough and not because I'm Australian. The defense of Tobruk in the second world war, was the first time that the German juggernaut was stopped with their blitzkrieg style of warfare. Peter FitzSimons narrative is gripping, he managed to create protagonists from every aspect of the conflict.
A compelling (but not too heavy) read about the Australians in Tobruk. Historical research is amazing with personal stories from both stories as well as home. Fitzsimons describes the horror, mateship and human spirit really well with a sprinkling of humour throughout. I feel really well informed on the events of Tobruk now.
A MUST read for all Australians. Fascinating, heartbreaking, uplifting, incredibly informative and well researched. I cannot recommend this book enough!!!
I would have read dozens of books on the topic of the Second World War, mostly popular histories like this one or the biographies of former participants. I rate Peter Fitzsimons’ Tobruk as the worst I have read mostly because it reads like a rugby tour sports memoir where the Aussies are playing away matches against the Italians and Afrika Korps in North Africa and the middle east. It seemed as though Fitzsimons was aiming for a story telling narrative with Tobruk similar to that of Stephen E. [...]
Fitzsimons can certainly tell a story, in his over-the-top Aussie Bloke fashion, and his books have opened Australian war history up to a whole new audience, which is great. His research is impressive, particularly the personal stories and letters of individuals soldiers and their families. These stories were my favourite part of the book. However, as work of history, this book is terrible! Fitzsimons' attempts at historical comment were superficial and openly biased. His attempts to guess at th [...]
Raw. Intense. Moving. Amazing.I wish every Australian would read this book. The history is fascinating. But it's more than that. WWII was so profoundly defining for modern Australia. Gallipoli was defining in the early days, but to understand our current place in the world, WWII is crucial, and Tobruk is a definitively proud and instructive aspect of that story. And this pride is not the pride of mere nationalism, but of something deeper, stronger, more human, more worthy. The Rats of Tobruk wer [...]
An honest, open and well researched and heartfelt account of the Australians part in one of the most important battles in the North African theatre of the second world war.Am planning to read another of his books as it was engaging and enjoyable to read.
4 stars, mainly because the source material is so phenomenal, rather than FitzSimons' writing
Like the author's style on this interesting piece of WWII history
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A must read! He writes historical fact filled in with a bit of poetic licence better than anyone else I've read.
Absolutely wonderfully done! Love the language of the book, I think it helps to tell the soldiers stories so well.
During Anzac Day Parades I often saw men marching under Rats of Tobruk banners. After reading this book I understand what those men went through. As usual Peter FitzSimons did a good job of telling the story of Tobruk. It was interesting to see how the German and Allied soldiers treated one another. As Rommel said, he did not consider the Aussies as the enemy but as combatants. Tobruk was a different war from that being fought in Europe. The soldiers respected each other.I'm sure if you enjoy re [...]
Excellent book on the early years of World War II in the Middle East. I have read several works on the Middle East, but most were dealing with the Middle East after the U.S. became involved with Operation Torch. FitzSimons obviously spent many hours researching his subject and does an excellent job writing the story of the Australia involvement in Tobruk and the overall Middle East campaign. Highly recommended for anyone interested in World War II
Easily fitzsimons best work
Band of BlokesI am looking for an audio book on the North African campaign of ww2, and this is the only one I can find on Audible. I thought it will be a brief history on the battles around the city of Tobruk, but alas it turns out to be FAR more than that.Because part of the garrison of Tobruk are Australians, the author decided to use this as a vehicle to write his "our boys in the war" type of book. Like Ambrose's Band of Brothers. it traces specific participants of the battle (mostly Aussies [...]
This is a strange book. More a patchwork compilation of anecdotes set within the context of the days leading up to, and during WW2 than a novel as FitzSimons claims to have written. Such is the book's desultory style of storytelling I found it hard to discern any narrative. FitzSimons seems to have been more concerned with re-producing every tidbit of information he came across in his research than writing a coherent book. But that's not the book's failing. I gave up a third of the way through o [...]
A very difficult book to rate. To most Australians (me included) there is emotion and pride involved here. I have read many Fitzsimons books, and each provided a feeling of the next thing to to being there. Not so on this occasion. But it must be realized if the events had taken place in the lush European countryside with rivers, mountains,towns, people etc the text would be considerably more 'colourful'. Taking the book for what it is, a story of death in a naturally miserable environment, that [...]
Brilliant book, much better than some of the other books of Fitzsimons has written of late. This was a great tale of both the axis and allies experiences in the desert. I was saddened by the epilogue section of the book that details the experiences of those Germany soldiers that returned from the war. I am glad that the Africa Corp veterans still feel proud of their achievements, but sad that not all feel the same or have the same experiences.Great read for those interested in world war 2 histor [...]
This history is written as a story and is nit what one might call a scholarly text. That is not to say that the author is unfamiliar with a variety of source material or failed to supplement that with a great many interviews of survivors and their families. This book really delves into the history but almost reads like a novel. I did find it to be extremely patriotic - to a fault. It also did little to dispel many popular interpretations of events, including a very mainstream evaluation of Romme [...]
Great history of WW II. HIGHLY recommend!
A narrative of the Australian involvement in the early stages of the Desert War, with an emphasis on the siege of Tobruk in 1941.This is written by a journalist from primary sources (especially letters, diaries and interviews with surviving veterans). He has also added a lot of 'flavour' passages to highlight emotions and thoughts. As such, it is very informal in tone, which mostly works given the type of character he is writing about. Some gems to be found here that are missed in other, more se [...]
While I found this book to be very informative and well written, it didn't really pull me in. FitzSimons is a great writer and this is one of the best non-fiction war histories I've read--but non-fiction war stories just aren't for me. I'm really glad I listened to this though because Humphrey Bower is an amazing narrator, especially with Aussie characters, and that definitely kept me more engaged than I would have been otherwise.
An excellent narrative of the events of Tobruk!My grandfather was a Rat, and to read some of the things he experienced were azy. They were a bunch of resilient and tough blokes. It was also refreshing hearing the story from different battle sides too - i.e. RommelI laughed, I cried, it was a good book.
My grandfather, Martin Ross, was a Rat of Tobruk, of the 2/13 battalion. One of the first in and the last out and this book details that. It took me over 8 months to read it, like I didn't want it to ever end. A great story that evoked pride and emotion. I'll read it again.I bet my Pop was friends with Bert Ferres!
What an amazing way to learn / understand history! This was very special for me as my father was a Rat of Tobruk and so had a special interest - that I will pursue. Thank you FitzSimon for opening this up for me
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