The world of cinema has presented viewers with many excellent films about the European and Pacific theaters of war during the Second World War. To the dismay of history buffs, artists have always shown much less interest in the events of the North African campaign. According to Deadline, the Australian studio DEMS Entertainment is ready to correct this unfortunate misunderstanding, having decided to shoot a tape about one of the main battles of the War for Africa.|
The war drama "The Rats of Tobruk" tells the audience about the bloody siege of the Libyan city of Tobruk, which lasted from April 10 to November 27, 1941. The story will focus on eight soldiers of the Australian infantry battalion, thanks to whom the allies managed to save the strategically important port from the army of General Rommel.
The German command was confident that the operation to capture Tobruk would pass without a hitch. Berlin radio even compared the 14,000 Australian defenders of the city to death-trapped rats. The inhabitants of the green continent reacted to German propaganda with a fair amount of humor. They proclaimed themselves "Rats of Tobruk" and began to wear homemade medals with images of rodents on their uniforms. Despite modest air support, the city's garrison successfully repelled attacks from superior enemy forces and safely awaited help from the British 8th Army.
The film will be directed by the famous Australian director Phillip Noyce ("The Reign of Fear", "Blind Fury"), whose father fought on the sidelines of World War II. “Father's fascinating wartime stories literally hypnotized every listener, the director said. -I hope that with the help of his diaries and my own memories, I will be able to share these amazing stories with movie lovers. ”
The first attempt to make a film about the brave defenders of the Libyan city was made back in 1953. The war drama Sand Rats contained many factual errors, but that did not stop it from enjoying audience success and receiving an Oscar nomination in the Best Screenplay category.
Filming of a new film about the siege of Tobruk is scheduled to begin in 2019.
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