The Rats of Tobruk

The Rats of Tobruk

The Rats of Tobruk is a 1944 Australian film directed by Charles Chauvel. An abridged version was released in the United States in 1951 as The Fighting Rats of Tobruk. The film follows three drover friends who enlist in the Australian Army together during World War II. Their story is based on the siege of the Libyan city of Tobruk in North Africa by Rommel's Afrika Korps. The partly Australian defenders held the city for 250 days before being relieved by British forces.


Three friends are droving cattle in Australia in 1939: the restless Bluey Donkin, easy-going Milo Trent and English writer Peter Linton, who is in the country on a working holiday. Kate Carmody, a homesteader's daughter, is in love with Bluey, but she turned down his marriage proposal two years before because he is wild and restless and a womanizer, even though he admits he loves her too.

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    contentLocation Libya
    director Charles Chauvel
    editor Gus Lowry
    events World War II
    genre drama
    keywords english writer injured kill marriage proposal new guinea wound
    musicBy Lindley Evans
    producer Charles Chauvel Charles Munro
    productionCompany Chamun Productions
    publisher Umbrella Entertainment
    theme propaganda