The Descendants of The Rats of Tobruk Association was formed at the request of our living Veterans to honour the mighty Rats of Tobruk.

As the veterans’ numbers decline, it is up to descendants and friends to keep their memories alive for future generations and to share

photos, stories and memorabilia. All materials supplied and used on this site will be acknowledged as being received from the member.

~ What We Do ~

  • RATS OF TOBRUK NATIONAL DATABASE. Voluntary research to add all RATS of TOBRUK onto the ROT National Database.

  • DIGITAL TRIBUTES. We are working to produce a tribute for all RATS to be presented to AWM and other organisations for the 80th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk and also to Association descendants.

  • SERVICE RECORDS. Successful delegation to start getting WWII Service Records open and free.

  • ANZAC and other services. Association attends and sends wreaths to services, funerals and functions.

  • CALENDAR. The 80th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk commemorations are on the Commemorative Calendar.

  • 80th ANNIVERSARY. Organising the 80th Anniversary Siege of Tobruk World Reunion in Brisbane 10 April 2021.

  • CAMPAIGNING. Campaigning to Government and Veterans Affairs for recognition to make the unofficial T medal, official, or create a clasp to be worn on the African Star Medal.

  • HMAS TOBRUK. Requested naming of another naval vessel as HMAS Tobruk.

  • PRO PATRIA MEDAL. Applied on behalf of living Veterans to Polish Government for a Pro Patria Medal.

  • NO SURRENDER. Treloar Roses have supplied a beautiful red and yellow rose for the Association, to be sold in the near future, Australia wide.

  • SCHOOL EDUCATION. Working to produce information to go to schools to promote the Rats of Tobruk and what they are about.

  • FACEBOOK and WEBSITE. Have a facebook page as well as a website, an ongoing project.


We need your support for this Association to grow, and if you feel as we do, and want to keep our Rats’ memories alive, we cordially invite you to join The Descendants of The Rats of Tobruk Australia Association as a financial member.

As a financial member of the Association you will receive an DOTROTA metal badge, car sticker and membership certificate.

Along with this, paid up members will receive a personal complimentary watermark-free copy of the tribute to your RAT and discount on other merchandise from our online "Q" Store shop.


While we make every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of information, some of the content on this site may contain inaccuracies or errors.

Members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are advised that this site contains names, images and moving images of deceased people

in photographs, file, audio recordings or printed material..

It may also include historically and culturally sensitive images and moving images, sound recordings, words, terms or descriptions; such material does not

reflect the Association’s viewpoint but rather the social attitudes and circumstances of the period or place in which it was created.

Some of the images in the Association’s collection depict the consequences of warfare, including human suffering or death, which some people may find disturbing.

Links to other websites are inserted for convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service.



Lieutenant General

Sir Leslie James Morshead


Lieutenant General

Sir John Dudley Lavarack


General Stanisław Kopański




Erwin Rommel



Gastone Gambara



Friedrich Paulus

PO Box 3389



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This website and the information it contains would not be possible without the work of our many researchers behind the scenes, descendants and friends of the Rats. Special mention to Owen Carlton and Roger Murphy who have tirelessly worked for years verifying and documenting the Rats roll, our descendant Ray Windlow for his on-going work creating the tributes and store products for the Association, and others too many to mention who work towards keeping this story alive for the benefit of future generations. Much of the information reproduced has been sourced from the Australian War Memorial records, Battalion records, private memoirs, NAA and DVA service records and online documentation on events, places and people. All attempts possible have been made to verify its correctness and that due credit is acknowledged where known to the source. 

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