El Alamein in Egypt

Friday, 25 August 2023 - 11:00 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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© Haddara/cc-by-3.0

© Haddara/cc-by-3.0

El Alamein (lit. the two flags) is a town in the northern Matrouh Governorate of Egypt. Located on the Arab’s Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, it lies 106 kilometres (66 mi) west of Alexandria and 300 kilometres (186 mi) northwest of Cairo. As of 2007, it had a population of 7,397 inhabitants.

The town is located on the site of the ancient city Antiphrai (Greek: Ἀντίφραι).

Porto Marina Resort and Spa © Noornenay/cc-by-sa-4.0 Sunset © Ahmed Photographer/cc-by-sa-4.0 El Alamein War Museum © Peter Astbury/cc-by-3.0 El Alamein Military Museum Peace Monument © حمد-عبد-الغني Porto Marina © Amr Fayez/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Haddara/cc-by-3.0
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El Alamein Military Museum Peace Monument © حمد-عبد-الغني
El Alamein has a war museum with artifacts from North African battles. Two important World War II battles were fought in the area:

  • At the First Battle of El Alamein (1–27 July 1942), the advance of Axis troops on Alexandria was blunted by the Allies, stopping the German panzers that were trying to outflank the Allies’ position.
  • At the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October – 4 November 1942), Allied forces broke the Axis line and forced them all the way back to Tunisia. Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister at the time, said of this victory: “Now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” After the war, he wrote: “Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat.”

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