'"Shake!" The Mascot of an Australian Regiment on Egypt'. An Australian soldier with a kangaroo mascot at a camp near the pyramids.

an Australian soldier with a pet kangaroo (Mascot) near the Pyramids, Egypt, about 1915

A blinded Australian soldier is guided to a field hospital away from the battlefront by a Papuan native. Buna, Christmas Day, 1942.

A blinded Australian soldier (Private George Whittington) is guided to a field hospital away from the battlefront by a Papuan native (Raphael Oimbari). Buna, Northern Province, Papua New Guinea. Christmas Day, Photo by George Silk

:An Australian soldier shown carrying an armful of 75 mm shells captured from the Italians. The shells were about to be returned by Australian gun crews who dispatched them through the muzzles of Italian guns at their former owners.

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An unidentified Australian Serviceman with 'Smiler', a pet monkey which is the mascot of 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion (known as Albury's own). 'Smiler' has seen quite a lot of active service, and is in fact, a bit "bomb happy". He can distinguish between friendly and enemy planes and dives for a slit trench immediately on hearing the latter. North Africa: Western Desert. 11 April 1942.

An unidentified Australian Serviceman with 'Smiler', a pet monkey which is the mascot of Australian Infantry Battalion (known as Albury’s own). 'Smiler' has seen quite a lot of active .

September 1941 - a Soldier from the 2/23rd Infantry Battalion beside his Bren light machinegun at the frontline in Tobruk

A Soldier from the Infantry Battalion beside his Bren light machinegun at the frontline in Tobruk,September 1941 - pin by Paolo Marzioli

After the siege of Tobruk was lifted, Australian soldiers came back to say good bye to their comrades

After the siege of Tobruk was lifted, Australian soldiers came back to say good bye to their comrades

VX47906 Corporal Frank Joseph Littlejohn (left) and another member of 2/32nd Battalion with a painted bren gun carrier. On the side is a painting of a rat holding a cigarette and the words "rats to you", symbolising the rats of Tobruk, painted by TX12 Private R. E. (Rufus) Webster. North Africa: Western Desert, Western Desert (Egypt), El Alamein. 1941.

Corporal Frank Joseph Littlejohn (left) and another member of Battalion with a painted bren gun carrier. On the side is a painting of a rat holding a cigarette and the words "rats to .

Photo of a actual surrender sign dropped german bombers over tubruk. Australia soldiers were fighting to grab a souvenier

Photo of a actual surrender sign dropped german bombers over tubruk. Australia soldiers were fighting to grab a souvenier

Egypt 1941 . A german propaganda/radio anouncer labelled the Australian troops holding Tubruk as Rats. The Aussies ended up loving the name and kept it. The V.B sign is a popular beer in Australia

A german propaganda/radio anouncer labelled the Australian troops holding Tubruk as Rats. The Aussies ended up loving the name and kept it.B sign is a popular beer in Australia

The Rats of Tobruk 1944 ; A war time drama which follows the characters Bluey (Grant Taylor), Milo (Chips Rafferty) and Peter (Peter Finch) who join the 2nd AIF at the outbreak of World War Two. They serve together in North Africa, where they take part in the defence of Tobruk.

The Rats of Tobruk 1944 ; A war time drama which follows the characters Bluey (Grant Taylor), Milo (Chips Rafferty) and Peter (Peter Finch) who join the 2nd AIF at the outbreak of World War Two. They serve together in North Africa, where they take part in the defence of Tobruk.

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Members of the Battalion, Australian Division, with a pet dog, after evacuation from Tobruk (North Africa) on the ship Kingston in WWII

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