Diamond and triangular (with rat facing left)
Regarding the 1941 Libyan "Rats of Tobruk" medals, Tom Osborn writes:
After our correspondence about a second type of unofficial Rats of Tobruk medal (a triangular type as well as the well known round type) someone notified me about a third type that is diamond
shaped - technically square but standing on a point. This one has a Jerboa (Libyan desert rat) rather than a rampant regular rat and is based on the colour patch of the Australian 9th Division. I
have been unable to find any other information about it, or in fact any reference to it all, so I wondered if your readers knew anything about this?
Thanks. Above are images Tom provided; below are the medals we pictured in the earlier E-Sylum articles. I've not seen anything more than what we've published before.
Clearly the new type exists as shown in Tom's image, but has it been seen or documented anywhere else? -Editor
Round and triangular (Tom's Dad's medal, with rat facing right)
My Dad's medal is the only one I am aware of, from the 20 or so produced, that has the rat facing to the right with no eye detailed. All the others I've seen have the rat facing left with
an eye detailed.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
RATS OF TOBRUK MEDAL INFORMATION SOUGHT (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v10n16a18.html)
THE RATS OF TOBRUK MEDAL (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n15a08.html)
More on the Rats of Tobruk Medal (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n16a14.html)
THE TRIANGULAR RATS OF TOBRUK MEDAL (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n46a25.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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