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The Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October–11 November 1942) was a decisive battle of the that took place near the railway halt of . With the victorious, it marked the watershed of the . The , had prevented the from advancing further into Egypt. In August 1942, Sir took command of the following the sacking of and the death of his replacement Lieutenant-General in a plane crash.

Rommel (Right) Operation Bertram took place in September, before the second battle of El Alamein:

(1942) Second Battle of El Alamein

‘Australians storm a strongpoint’. A posed portrait of Australian troops advancing during the Second Battle of El Alamein, 3 September 1942.

Matilda Scorpion flail tank, North Africa, Second Battle of El Alamein, 2 Nov 1942 ()

First Battle of El Alamein; Part of the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War: ... Battle of Alam el Halfa; Second Battle of El Alamein; Alamein Memorial;

The 9th Division lines up prior to moving out for the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein.


The Second Battle of El Alamein marked a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II. The battle lasted from 23 October to 5 November 1942. The Desert Fox had been defeated. With the British Desert Air Force pounding his troops from above and his supply situation critical, Rommel called for a general retreat to prepare his defensive line for the inevitable British counter. The Axis initiative in the North African campaign was lost, as was any chance they had at achieving ultimate victory in the desert. Montgomery chose to not immediately follow this defensive victory by pursuing the reeling Axis, a decision that he has often been criticized for. He instead chose to build up his forces for the next encounter to come; an encounter he was determined to fight on his timetable and under his own terms. This upcoming confrontation, The Second Battle of El Alamein, would be considered as one of the key turning points of the entire war.The Second Battle of El Alamein was a turning point in the North African campaign. It ended the long fight for the Western Desert, and was the only great land battle won by the British and Commonwealth forces without direct American participation. The victory also persuaded the French to start cooperating in the North African campaign.The Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October – 11 November 1942) took place near the railway halt of . With the Allies victorious, it marked a major turning point in the of the Second World War. It followed the , which had stalled the advance into Egypt, after which, in August 1942, had taken command of the British from General . This victory turned the tide in the and ended the Axis threat to , the , and of gaining access to the Middle Eastern and Persian oil fields via North Africa. From a psychological perspective, Second El Alamein revived the morale of the Allies, being the first major offensive against the Axis since the start of the European war in 1939 in which the Western Allies had achieved a decisive victory.The Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October–11 November 1942) was a battle of the Second World War that took place near the Egyptian railway halt of El Alamein. With the Allies victorious, it marked the watershed of the Western Desert Campaign. The First Battle of El Alamein, had prevented the Axis from advancing further into Egypt. In August 1942, Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery took command of the Eighth Army following the sacking of General Claude Auchinleck and the death of his replacement Lieutenant-General William Gott in a plane crash.The Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October–11 November 1942) was a decisive battle of the Second World War that took place near the Egyptian railway halt of El Alamein. With the Allies victorious, it marked the watershed of the Western Desert Campaign. The First Battle of El Alamein, had prevented the Axis from advancing further into Egypt. In August 1942, Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Law Montgomery took command of the Eighth Army following the sacking of General Claude Auchinleck and the death of his replacement Lieutenant-General William Gott in a plane crash.The Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October – 11 November 1942) took place near the railway halt of . With the Allies victorious, it marked a major turning point in the of the Second World War. It followed the , which had stalled the advance into Egypt, after which, in August 1942, had taken command of the British from General . This victory turned the tide in the and ended the Axis threat to , the , and of gaining access to the Middle Eastern and Persian oil fields via North Africa. From a psychological perspective, Second El Alamein revived the morale of the Allies, being the first major offensive against the Axis since the start of the European war in 1939 in which the Western Allies had achieved a decisive victory.At the conclusion of the Second Battle of El Alamein, the Axis suffered 37,000 casualties, which was over 30% of Axis forces engaged, while the Allies suffered 13,500, which was smaller by number as well as smaller by percentage of total forces engaged. Axis forces on the Egyptian-Libyan border was by this time down to little over 5,000 men, 20 tanks, and 50 guns, which was remarkably weak, thus many had since criticized Montgomery for being far too conservative, noting that a immediate further push might had dealt a final blow on the Axis forces in the entire region. Nevertheless, the battle was a great victory for the Allies, and affirmed Montgomery as a capable commander who knew how to use his numerical advantage in a war of attrition against Rommel, who had a smaller force.