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

Normal 044985

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.

For further information visit https://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/el_alamein/reading/ (www.awm.gov.au)

Read more...

Names

Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

Thumb image
YARROW, William Henry Thorburn

Service number QX4973
Warrant Officer Class 2
2nd/13th Field Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Nov 1911

Thumb 1b
BOASE, Maxwell Chapman

Service number SX7832
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Apr 1915

Thumb zippel02
ZIPPEL, Carlton George

Service number SX8994
Private
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 23 May 1920

Thumb 1a
TEMPLETON, Ronald John

Service number WX9832
Lance Corporal
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 28 Dec 1916

Thumb jury
JURY, Gordon James

Service number SX7200
Private
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 30 Jun 1916

Thumb 1aa
ARCHBOLD, Berkeley Charles

Service number NX70328
Major (Chaplain)
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 17 Nov 1900

Thumb img 2230
GITSHAM, Stewart Burton

Service number 407929
Flight Sergeant
No. 47 Squadron (RAF)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 19 Jun 1913

Thumb 1a
BELL, Alan Charles

Service number SX6815
Corporal
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 15 Oct 1912