El Alamein (World War 2, 1 July 1942 to 2 November 1942)

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About This Campaign

In June of 1942, it looked as if the Panzerarmee Afrika, under the command of “the Desert Fox”, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel could undo the Allied advance completely, capturing Cairo and the Suez Canal. The strategic value of the canal meant that the Allies had to avoid this at all costs and El Alamein held the key. In three battles from July to November, the Allies managed to turn the tide of the war in North Africa.

An unexpected attack by the 9th Division on Rommel’s northern flank in July was followed by Australian diversionary raids and heavy bombing of German supplies in response to Rommel’s offensive in August, and finally a successful Allied offensive from the end of October. The Panzerarmee was forced to withdraw, initially from El Alamein, and finally from North Africa altogether.

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

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DENNISSON, Frederick

Service number SX7283
Corporal
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Oct 1918

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IRWIN, Harry Beauchamp

Service number SX12363
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 22 Jul 1919

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CRAWFORD, Boyd John

Service number SX9337
Lieutenant
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 24 Feb 1919

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PETERS, Arthur Hurtle

Service number SX3149
Corporal
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 3 Oct 1916

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MACKEY, John Bernard

Service number NX20317
Corporal
2nd/3rd Pioneer Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 16 May 1922

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LEGGOTT, William

Service number VX47115
Private
2nd/32nd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 23 Dec 1906

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FLETCHER, Francis William

Service number SX8087
Corporal
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 27 Apr 1917

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MEYER, Alfred Francis E'En

Service number SX6848
Sergeant
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 10 Sep 1916