Men of the Australian 9th Infantry Division guard Italians and some of the first German prisoners to be taken during the war in North Africa, after Rommel’s first unsuccessful assault on Tobruk.
Who did the Australians fight in North Africa?
In January 1941, Australians fought their first major land battle in the Second World War when men of the 6th Division and other Allied troops, engaged Italian forces at the town of Bardia on the coast of Libya.
Did Australians fight in Africa?
Australians played an important role in North Africa, the Mediterranean area and the Middle East between 1940 and 1942.
Did Germany invade North Africa?
By 1941, the Italian army had been all but beaten and Hitler had to send German troops to North Africa to clear out Allied troops. The German force was lead by Erwin Rommel – one of the finest generals of the war. … The attack succeeded and Rommel was forced into a retreat.
Why did Australian soldiers enlist in ww2?
Feelings of pride and bravery. Threats form overseas was huge reason why Australia joined the war. The battle had spread across the glob and was steadily working it’s way down to Australia. When the bombing at Pear Harbor occurred the perceived threat from overseas had been confirmed.