WWII – Anniversary
Today marks the 80th anniversary of the second battle of the Battle of El Alamein.
There were several significant battles around El Alamein between July and November 1942. The 9th Australian Division was a critical part of the British Eighth Army’s victory in the pivotal Second Battle of El Alamein, a turning point in the North African campaign.
The 9th Australian Division losses for this battle totalled some 620 dead, about 2000 wounded and 130 taken prisoner, approximately one fifth of the Eighth Army’s casualties.
After making a major contribution to the British victory at El Alamein, the Australian 9th Division went on to fight in the Asia/Pacific theatre, making them one of the few Allied army units to service in both the Mediterranean and Pacific theatres.
Crews from the Royal Australian Air Force were also involved in the Battle of El Alamein, as part of the Royal Air Force’s Desert Air Force who flew many sorties in support of the ferocious ground battles.
Eighty years on, we honour the sacrifice of all those who served at El Alamein, and all those served in the Second World War.
Lest We Forget