Lieutenant John Rosel won a Military Cross for displaying ‘calmness and outstanding leadership’ when his platoon became surrounded at a critical point in the siege of Tobruk. He led the defence of several vital outposts against numerous attacks by the troops of General Rommel. His son Mike has written not only a touching tribute to his father’s war service but also a perceptive and stylish account of the soldiering experience of a generation.
A Rat of Tobruk has many fascinating photographs – mainly taken by John Rosel – and is recommended to anyone interested in the Australian soldiers who risked all while making a substantial contribution to Allied victory in World War II.
– Dr Mark Johnston, historian, and author of 11 books on Australians’ service in WWII