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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JEANS, Douglas James Tendron

Service number WX4620
Lance Corporal
2nd/28th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 4 Dec 1900

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MCPHERSON, Ronald Samuel

Service number SX7113
Lance Corporal
2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 21 May 1915

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BISHOP, Keith Edwin

Service number SX3713
Captain
2nd/24th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Oct 1916

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DERRICK, Thomas Currie

Service number SX7964
Lieutenant
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 20 Mar 1914

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CAVILLE, Leslie Gordon

Service number TX4469
Gunner
2nd/8th Field Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 6 Jan 1915

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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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UPTON, John Francis

Service number SX476
Private
2nd/32nd Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 22 Sep 1919

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REILLY, Herbert Ivan

Service number SX3876
Sergeant
9th Division Cavalry Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 12 Sep 1918