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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HEFFRON, Lance Howard

Service number SX11171
Lieutenant
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Jun 1915

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HEARD, Frederick Walter

Service number NX11166
Sapper
2nd/13th Field Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 2 Feb 1915

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RAE, Frederick Arthur

Service number WX10448
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 4 Jun 1907

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GLENNON, William John

Service number SX8670
Corporal
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 28 Mar 1916

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CORFIELD, Charles Albert

Service number SX12765
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 24 Jan 1915

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JARMYN, Cecil Bertram

Service number SX6306
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 26 May 1918

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COLLIS, Victor

Service number SX13501
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 14 Nov 1918

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TONKIN, Donald Edward

Service number SX592
Private
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 14 Jul 1920