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The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944)
"The Rats of Tobruk" (original title)

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Tells the story of three men--Bluey, a tough two fisted drover (Taylor), Milo, a laconic dingo trapper (Rafferty), and Pete, an intellectual English "new chum" (Finch). Together they serve ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Grant Taylor ...
Bluey Donkin
Peter Linton
Chips Rafferty ...
Milo Trent
Pauline Garrick ...
Kate Carmody
Mary Gay ...
Sister Mary Ellis
George Wallace ...
Barber of Tobruk
Joe Valli ...
Northumberland Fusilier
Tony Villa ...
Japanese soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Anderson
Norman Blackler
Robert Carlyle
Gilbert Ellis
Edward Esau
George Gentry
Walter Pym


Tells the story of three men--Bluey, a tough two fisted drover (Taylor), Milo, a laconic dingo trapper (Rafferty), and Pete, an intellectual English "new chum" (Finch). Together they serve in North Africa, fighting against the forces of Rommel in what has now become one of Australia's greatest wartime legends--The Rats of Tobruk. Written by Patrick Dominick <>

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7 December 1944 (Australia)  »

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The Fighting Rats of Tobruk  »

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The film's dedication and opening prologue states: "For eight months at Tobruk in 1941 fifteen thousand Australians and eight thousand British and Indian troops held a German army seven times their number and in seven time their armour. The Germans, understanding machines, but not these men, flung an insult to them in a name - "The Rats of Tobruk." This insult they carried on their bayonets right into the ranks of the oncoming German hordes. It has become one of the finest epitaphs of the war. To these men who could never be driven from their firing posts before Rommel, we pay homage - - "THE RATS OF TOBRUK"." See more »


When questioned by an officer, the men say that they are from the 2/2nd battalion. This battalion was part of the 16th Brigade of the 6th Division. The battalion was not part of the 9th Division which served in Tobruk during the siege. See more »


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Up the Diggers!
8 April 2005 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

An interesting Aussie film about three mates who join the Army together and end up fighting the Afrika Korp at Tobruk.

I give this film such a high rating because it is one of only a handful of movies that tell the tale of the Diggers at war.I believe there should be more movies about the efforts of the Aussie soldier in WWII and the great job that they did. It also does a far better job of telling the story about the legendary rats of Tobruk then the later Richard Burton movie "The Desert Rats" (although a good film itself).

I recommend this film to all Australians and any war movie buffs out there, that is if you can find a copy of it!

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