Al-Megrahi, Abdelbaset b. April 1, 1952 d. May 20, 2012 Libyan Terror Figure. On 31 January 2001, Megrahi was convicted, by a panel of three Scottish judges sitting in a special court at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands, of 270 counts of murder for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on 21 December 1988 and was sentenced to life imprisonment. His co-accused, Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, was found not guilty and was acquitted. Megrahi unsuccessfully appealed his conviction in January 2001. In June 2007 the Scottish Criminal Cases Review...[Read More] Janzour Cemetery, Janzour, Al Jifarah, Libya
Badum, Johann 'Hans' b. March 2, 1921 d. January 12, 1943 German Ace. Knight's Cross Holder. Born in Ruthweiler in the Pfalz, he served in Jagdgeschwader 77 on the Eastern Front in 1942 and in North Africa from December 1942 until his death. He had 54 kills, all but the last three on the Eastern Front. He was killed in aerial combat with US P-38s over Giordani, Libya, flying a Bf 109 G-2 marked "Yellow 7". He was awarded the Iron Cross First and Second Class, the Luftwaffe Honor Cup, the German Cross in Gold, and the Knight's Cross (on October 15th...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) German Military Cemetery Tobruk, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya
Beeley, John b. February 8, 1918 d. November 21, 1941 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Openshaw, Manchester, he served as a Rifleman in Company A, 1st Battalion, the King's Royal Rifle Corps, British Army. On November 21, 1941, at North Africa, the King's Royal Rifle Corps were ordered to seize the high ground overlooking the Sidi Rezegh airfield. Going across 2,000 yards of open ground, Rifleman Beeley's company was pinned down by heavy enemy fire at point-blank range. Most of the officers and men were either killed or wounded, when...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya Plot: 10. E. 4.
Belser, Capt. Helmut b. December 23, 1915 d. June 19, 1942 German Ace. Knights Cross Holder. Squadron Captain of the 8th squadron in Jagdgeschwader (JG) 53. He was a holder of the following awards: Iron Cross First and Second class, Honor Cup of the Luftwaffe, German Cross in Gold, and the Knights Cross. He had 36 confirmed "kills", 1 on the Western Front, 12 on the Eastern Front, and the rest in Africa. He was killed in an accident at the Castel-Benito Aerodrome, near Tripoli, when his aircraft, a Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-4, Works No. 10 278, marked as...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) German Military Cemetery Tobruk, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya
Edmondson, Corp. John Hurst b. October 8, 1914 d. April 14, 1941 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. A native of Australia, he was gazetted for the award posthumously on July 1, 1941 for his actions as a corporal in the 2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion on 13-14 April 1941 in the early stages of the Siege of Tobruk, Libya, during the North African Campaign of World War II. He was the first Australian in World War II to receive the award. Nicknamed "Jack, he was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia and moved with his family to Liverpool...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Tobruk War Cemetery, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya Plot: 3. J. 8.
Gunn, George Ward b. July 26, 1912 d. November 21, 1941 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously for his actions as a 2nd lieutenant in the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, British Army on November 21, 1941 at Sidi Rezegh, Libya during the Siege of Tobruk. Born in Neston, Cheshire, England, he joined the British Army following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 and sent to the Middle East. He was commanding A Troop, J Battery on November 21, 1941 when he was killed in combat at the age of 29 while...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya Plot: 4. F. 1.
Jackman, James Joseph Bernard b. March 19, 1916 d. November 25, 1941 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a served as a Captain in The 1st Battalion of The Northumberland Fusiliers. During an attack on El Duda Ridge near Tobruk, Libya, November 25, 1941, Allied troops were being beaten off by heavy fire from German anti-tank guns. Captain Jackman while directing his unit forward, he was wounded mortally and still managed to put the enemy out of action before he died. For this action, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross Medal. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Tobruk War Cemetery, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya
Keyes, Geoffrey Charles Tasker b. May 18, 1917 d. November 18, 1941 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously in June 1942 for his actions as a lieutenant colonel with the No. 11 (Scottish) Commando unit of the British Army on November 18, 1941 at Beda Littoria, Libya during World War II. Born in Aberdour, Fife, Scotland, he was the oldest son of British Fleet Admiral Roger Keyes. He received his education at Kings Mead School in Seaford, Sussex, England and Eton College in Eton Berkshire, England before entering military school...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Benghazi War Cemetery, Benghazi, Banghazi, Libya Plot: 7. D. 5.
Marseille, Capt. Hans-Joachim 'Jochen' b. December 13, 1919 d. September 30, 1942 German World War II Fighter Pilot, Ace, Knight's Cross Recipient, and recipient of the Italian Gold Medal for Bravery, he was known as "The Star of Africa." He had 158 confirmed kills, the highest total against the Western Allies. Educated at Prinz Heinrich Gymnasium in Berlin, he graduated in 1938, but did not go to college, instead joining the Luftwaffe as an officer candidate. His superiors considered him a brilliant pilot but a disciplinary headache, which repeatedly cost him...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) German Military Cemetery Tobruk, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya Plot: Sarcophagus 4133
Neumann-Silkow, Gen. Walter Hugo Reinhard b. April 10, 1894 d. December 9, 1941 German Lieutenant General. Knights Cross Holder. Commander of the 8th and 15th Panzer Divisons. He was born in Groß-Silkow-Stolz, Pomerania (now Zelki, Poland). He fought for Germany in both World War I and World War II and was awarded the Iron Cross First and Second Class for bravery in both wars. In World War II, he participated in the Invasion of Poland, Battle of France, Invasion of Yugoslavia, and the North African Campaign, where he defended against the British Operations Battleaxe and...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) German Military Cemetery Tobruk, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya
Somers Jr., Richard b. September 15, 1778 d. September 4, 1804 United States Naval Officer. He entered the United States Navy in 1798 as a Midshipman aboard the frigate "USS United States". Promoted to Lieutenant in 1799, and Second Lieutenant in 1800, in 1801 he transferred to the frigate "USS Boston", serving in the first campaign against the Tripoli pirates through 1802. In 1803 he became commander of the schooner "USS Nautilus". In this capacity he served on blockade duty. In August 1804 Somers commanded Gun Boat Division One in battles against the...[Read More] (Bio by: Dan Silva) Green Square, Tripoli, Tarabulus, Libya
Stumme, Gen. Georg b. July 29, 1886 d. October 24, 1942 World War II German Army General. He was the commander of Axis forces at the Second Battle of El Alamein, during the temporary absence of British Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, until his death by heart attack after an Allied attack. He joined the German Army as an officer cadet in 1906 and was a Lieutenant by the time World war I broke out, serving in the 1st (Prussian) Calvary Regiment. He remained in the Army after the war, rising to Lieutenant General by 1938. He commanded the Second Light...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) German Military Cemetery Tobruk, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya
Von Bismarck, Gen. Georg b. February 15, 1891 d. August 31, 1942 German General. Knights Cross Holder. Commander of the 21st Panzer Division, Afrika Korps. Born in the garrsion town of Neumuehl (today Namyslin) bei Kuestrin, on the banks of the Oder River, he joined the military in 1910 after completing school. He served as a Lieutenant and Adjutant on the Western and Carpathian Fronts in World War I and was awarded the Iron Cross First and Second Class. He remained in the service between the wars. He took part in the Battle of Poland in 1939 and the...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) German Military Cemetery Tobruk, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya
Von Prittwitz und Gaffron, Gen. Heinrich b. September 4, 1889 d. April 10, 1941 German Lieutenant General. Commander of the 15th Panzer Division in the Afrika Korps at his death. Knight of the Order of St. John. He was born in Gut Sitzmannsdorf, Lower Silesia (now Poland). He entered service as a cadet in 1908 and was commisioned as a lieutenant in an Uhlan regiment in 1909. He saw service in WW I, earning the Iron Cross First and Second Class on the Eastern Front, and then served from 1915 on as a staff officer. Between the wars he saw action in a border patrol unit...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) German Military Cemetery Tobruk, Tobruk, Al Butnan, Libya