Unit Patches during the Siege of Tobruk 1941

The only 2nd AIF Division present at Tobruk was the 9th Division.

The 9th Division was the fourth AIF division raised, being formed in the United Kingdom in late 1940.

Initially it consisted of only two infantry brigades which had been formed in Australia and dispatched to Britain in order to defend against a possible invasion following the Fall of France—the 18th and 25th Brigades—under the command of Major General Henry Wynter. Later, the 24th Brigade was also assigned to the division. In January 1941 Wynter became ill and was replaced as divisional commander by Leslie Morshead.  

By February 1941, 9th Division headquarters had been relocated to the Middle East. Around this time the divisions of the AIF underwent a re-organisation as the decision was made to send the more established brigades to Greece; as a result both the 18th and 25th Brigades were transferred from the 9th to the 7th Division. They were replaced by the 20th and 26th Brigades, both of which were considered to be less experienced and therefore less ready for action. Units from other Divisions were incorporated into the 9th Division at Tobruk. Whilst some retained their previous Unit patches, others that were involved in encompassing roles such as AASC, AAOC, AAMC and RAA  inherited the patch of the equivalent 9th Division with the odd exception.


~ Units denoted bold and underlined were "groups" containing those units listed below that name (if any) ~

~ Unit Patches with a red Title are clickable - click for more information on the Unit ~


9th Australian Division Headquarters

9th Australian Division Intelligence Section
"D" Section FSS
9th Australian Division Employment Platoon

9th Australian Division Salvage Company

9th Australian Division Field Cash Office


Headquarters 18th

Australian Infantry Brigade

9th Australian Division - Signals

​Headquarters Signals 9 Australian Division

"J" Section Signals 7 Australian Division

2 Op Section Signals 1 Australian Corps



Lieutenant General

Sir Leslie James Morshead


Lieutenant General

Sir John Dudley Lavarack


General Stanisław Kopański




Erwin Rommel



Gastone Gambara



Friedrich Paulus

9th Australian Division (RAA)

Royal Australian Artillery

3rd Australian Anti‐Tank Regiment

20th Australian Anti‐Tank Company

24th Australian Anti‐Tank Company

26th Australian Anti‐Tank Company

8th Australian Light Anti‐Aircraft Battery



2/9th Australian Infantry Battalion



2/10th Australian Infantry Battalion



16th Australian Anti‐Tank Company



2/12th Australian Infantry Battalion




2/12th Australian Field Regiment



Headquarters 20th 

Australian Infantry Brigade

9th Australian Division (RAE)

Royal Australian Engineers

​Headquarters RAE 9th Division

2/3rd Field Company

2/4th Field Company

2/7th Field Company

2/13th Field Company

2/4th Field Park Company

No. 10 (Aust) Cam Unit



2/13th Australian Infantry Battalion



2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion



2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion

9th Australian Division (AAOC)

Australian Army Ordnance Corps

2/1st Field Workshops

2/2nd Field Workshops

4th Army Ordnance Depot

58th Light Aid Detachment (LAD)

71st Light Aid Detachment (LAD)

76th Light Aid Detachment (LAD)

78th Light Aid Detachment (LAD)

9th Australian Division (AASC)

Australian Army Service Corps

9th Australian Division Petrol Company

9th Australian Division Supply Column

9th Australian Division Ammunition Company

7th Australian Division Supply Column



Headquarters 24th

Australian Infantry Brigade

9th Australian Division (AAMC)

Australian Army Medical Corps

Headquarters AAMC 9th Division

2/8th Field Ambulance

2/11th Field Ambulance



2/28th Australian Infantry Battalion



2/3rd Field Ambulance

2/5th Field Ambulance

4th Australian General Hospital



2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion

2/2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station

2/32nd Australian Infantry Battalion

Under Command



2/1st Australian Pioneer Battalion


9th Australian Division

Headquarters Guard Battalion

also includes members of "A" Coy from 2/1st Guards Battalion Attached



Headquarters 26th

Australian Infantry Brigade



2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion

9th Australian Division

Provost Company




2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion



9th Australian Division Postal unit




2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion

PO Box 3389



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