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Tobruk: 75th Anniversary Edition - Peter FitzSimons

Tobruk: 75th Anniversary Edition

Paperback Published: 21st March 2016
ISBN: 9781460751916
Number Of Pages: 720

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The classic story of 1941's Battle of Tobruk, in which more than 15,000 Australian troops - backed by British artillery - fought in excruciating desert heat through eight long months, against Rommel's formidable Afrika Korps.

During the dark heart of World War II, when Hitler turned his attention to conquering North Africa, a distracted and far-flung Allied force could not give its all to the defence of Libya. So the job was left to the roughest, toughest bunch that could be mustered: the Australian Imperial Force. The AIF's defence of the harbour city of Tobruk against the Afrika Korps' armoured division is not only the stuff of Australian legend, it is one of the great battles of all time, as against the might of General Rommel and his Panzers, the Australians relied on one factor in particular to give them the necessary strength against the enemy: mateship.

Drawing on extensive source material - including diaries and letters, many never published before - this extraordinary book, written in Peter FitzSimons' highly readable style, is the definitive account of this remarkable chapter in Australia's history.

must read for every Australian


clearly defined objectives and outcomes



A great perspective on part of Australian pride and history.


You are thrown into the fray headfirst, following the stories of famous and lesser known diggers, soldiers, generals and politicians from all sides of the war as they come together in the stalwart defence of Tobruk by the famous Australians as they earn the title "The Rats of Tobruk" against the advancing German forces under the command of the infamous "Desert Fox" Rommel. I was unable to put the book down from start to finish. One moment I'm confronted by the sudden and regretful death of a man, the next i'm laughing at the familiar Australian antics as the world came face to face with them for the first time and their reaction. I can't help but feel pride knowing that it was men who grew up near my own home and birthplace that secured the first true victory against the overwhelming German forces of WWII and with very little did what no one else could using nothing but the Aussie spirit that goes hand in hand with mateship.



Typical Fitzsimons, great storytelling!


A great read, engaging story, i would recommend this book to all.



Proud to be Aussie


Peter Simmons is Australia's answer to Anthony Beevor. Both write about the facts but weave a beautiful narrative to give their books a eady to read flow. This story makes you smile as you read through the funny little stories that happen in the middle of a hellish desert landscape. Loved it!



Tobruk: 75th Anniversary Edition

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ISBN: 9781460751916
ISBN-10: 1460751914
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: 21st March 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 4.6
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 75

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Peter FitzSimons

About the Author

Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia's most prominent and successful media and publishing identities.

His busy professional life involves writing weekly columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald newspapers, appearing on Foxtel's The Back Page television show and, when time permits, authoring best-selling books. A correspondent for London's Daily Telegraph as well, he is also in high demand as a guest speaker and presenter.

For the past two decades, the much-traveled former Wallaby rugby international, who masters four languages, has interviewed some of the world's most famous figures, including former US President George Bush, Mother Theresa and football great Diego Maradona.

Writing is his passion. He is the biographer of World Cup winning Wallaby captains Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales, former Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, war heroine Nancy Wake, former Australian Test cricket captain Steve Waugh and magazine queen Nene King.

In 2001 he was Australia's biggest selling non-fiction author with just under 250,000 sales. He duplicated that feat in 2004 with his book on Kokoda and had similar success in 2006 with his book on Tobruk.

Born on a farm in NSW's Central Coast, Peter FitzSimons attended Knox Grammar School in Sydney before accepting an American Field Service Scholarship to live in Ohio for a year. He returned to complete an arts degree at Sydney University, majoring in government and political science.

A second-rower, he won Wallaby selection in 1984, later moving to France and Italy where he played rugby for the next five years. On his return to Australia he again played for the Wallabies going on to play seven Test matches.

He launched his journalistic career with the Sydney Morning Herald in 1989. Two years later he released two best-selling books, Basking in Beirut and Little Theories of Life and signed a contract with the Nine Network that resulted in him presenting current affairs and sports programs for the next four years. His association with Foxtel commenced in 1995 and continues to this day.

Considered one of the ten most popular after-dinner speakers in Australia, Peter FitzSimons is married to Nine Network personality Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.

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