The Battlefield of El Alamein
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El Alamein means "two worlds" in Arabic. So it's only fitting that this is the place where two military forces went head-to-head for not one, but two of the most important and violent battles of World War II. The Allied forces, led by British commander Montgomery, and the Axis forces, led by German commander Rommel, fought on the 40-mile stretch of desert between them called El Alamein.
To say there was a lot on the line would be an understatement. If the Axis got to the Suez Canal, the Allies could pretty much kiss goodbye any chance of getting supplies. That, plus the threat of giving Germany almost unlimited access to oil in the Middle East, and the thought of losing in North Africa, were all the incentive the Allies needed.
Although Rommel got lucky two times due to an unexpected sandstorm that gave his tanks coverage, it wasn't enough to win the war. During the Second Battle of El Alamein, Montgomery and the Allies drove the German and Italian troops out of Africa for good.
Three-quarters of a century later, you will still feel the tension and magnitude of these epoch battles as you stop at the war cemeteries of the fallen soldiers on both sides and witness the complete illustration of events at the El Alamein War Museum located on the very grounds where these "two worlds" collided.
Tired of war?
Lesser things than a World War have kept men awake at night. But not General Montgomery. He encouraged Rommel and the Axis Forces to strike while he had his men set up American-supplied Sherman tanks for retaliation. Then he simply fell asleep. When awakened with the news that the German and Italian forces had launched an attack, he did what any great commander would do in that situation, he went back to sleep.
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