Tobruk is a port city in the north-east of Libya.
Tobruk also written as Tubruk is located further east along the Libyan coastline near the Egyptian border.
The city is located on a peninsula with a stratigical harbor and a port for exporting oil.
During World War II, Australian troops took Tobruk on 22 January 1941. The Australian 9th Division ("The Rats of Tobruk") pulled back to Tobruk to avoid encirclement after actions at Er Regima and Mechili and reached Tobruk on 9 April 1941 where prolonged fighting against German forces followed.