El-Alameyn

El-Alameyn

To Alameyn we never won. After Alameyn we never lost.
Winston Churchill. The Hinge of Fate
EL-ALAMEYN («Two worlds») – the suitable name for a place which became the witness of a turning point of campaign in North Africa, Egypt which has defined destiny and the British Empire. When on July 1, 1942. The African case has approached on distance of 111 km from Alexandria, the alarm reigned in the city: documents have been burnt, civilians in masses besieged railway stations, the Egyptian nationalists were going to welcome own nazi "liberators". It seemed that Germany and Italy will pull out control over Egypt, Middle Eastern oil and a way on the channel to India from under the power of allies. Instead at El-Alameyne the Eighth army of allies has kept, and has rejected forces of the Axis back later later to inflict over them final defeat in Tunisia. About 11 open companies the fighter have been killed and 70 open companies are wounded only at El-Alameyne, the general losses in the course of the North African campaign (September 1940 – March 1943) have exceeded 100 open companies of people.
Travellers who want to give a memory tribute to victims or are interested in military history, will count, probably, that cemeteries and the Military museum deserve the efforts spent to reach them. Memorable services pass in El-Alameyne every October, details can be learnt in embassies of Great Britain, Italy or Germany in Cairo.