2016 Australian Twenty Cent Coin - 'Anzac to Afghanistan' - RATS OF TOBRUK
2016 20c Coin 'Anzac to Afghanistan' - Rats of Tobruk
This 20 Cent coin pays tribute to the 14,000 Australian soldiers who were besieged in Tobruk by Rommel's German-Italian army. The Garrison consisted of the 9th Division, the 18th Brigade, four regiments of British Artillery and some Indian troops.
It was vital for the Allies to hold Tobruk and its harbour for the defence of the Suez Canal in Egypt. The Nazi propagandist Lord Haw Haw derided the tenacious defenders as "Rats" - a term that the Australian soldiers embraced as an iconic compliment.