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El Alamein Battlefield
- El Alamein Battlefield
- Alt Name:
- World War Two
- 1900AD - 1999AD
- El Alamein
- El Alamein,
- El Alamein War Museum, El Alamein Commonwealth Cemetery,
German El Alamein Cemetery, Italian El Alamein Memorial,
about El Alamein Battlefield
El Alamein Battlefield in Egypt was the site a major victory by the Allied forces during the Second World War., known as the Second Battle of El-Alamein. Over three years, Allied and Axis forces engaged in an ongoing conflict in the North African region, with Germany’s commander, Rommel, intent on capturing Alexandria and the Suez Canal.
The First Battle of El Alamein saw the Allies stall the progress of Italian and German armies. However, it was the Second Battle of El Alamein which changed the fortunes of the Allies, forcing the Axis out of Egypt and safeguarding the vital route of the Suez Canal. Prior to the battle, the newly appointed leader of the Eighth Army, Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery had spent months building up the British forces both with reinforcements and munitions. Finally, the British attacked on the night of 23 October 1942 and, by 5 November the Italian and German armies withdrew.
The victory at El Alamein Battlefield was a vital turning point for the Allies, summarised succinctly by Winston Churchill: “It may almost be said, Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat."
Today, El Alamein Battlefield is surrounded by numerous memorials, cemeteries and sites to the different Allied and Axis forces who fought there. Several 1942 battlements and bunkers can be seen from the roadside together with several plaques, including one on the Alexandria-Marsa Matruh Route which shows the furthermost position reached by German and Italian forces.
Note that it is best to stay on the roads as there are mines and other dangerous materials thought to be located on the battlefield itself. There is also a museum about the battle. This sombre site features as one of our top attractions to visit in Egypt.
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Address: El Alamein, Egypt
Phone: Contact local tourist office
El Alamein Battlefield is located next to the small northern Egyptian town of El-Alamein, around 130km west of the city of Alexandria along the coast. From Alexandria, you can get a taxi to El-Alamein or one of the buses from the city’s Al-Mo’af al-Gedid station. For travel advice, ask your hotel or the tourist office.
Entry to different sites varies. Many tour operators go to El-Alamein – prices vary.
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