South African engineers training with mine detection equipment in North Africa. British and Commonwealth forces trained intensively in minefield clearance in preparation for the Second Battle of El Alamein. This work would continue throughout the battle, often conducted under fire.
Second Battle of El Alamein Timeline
The Second Battle of El Alamein took place over 13 days from 23 October – 4 November 1942 and the Allies' victory 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 . The Allied victory turned the tide in the and ended Axis hopes of occupying Egypt, taking control of the , and gaining access to the Middle Eastern and Persian oil fields.
Second Battle of El Alamein - World War 2
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.
Second battle of El Alamein - Daylight raid on Milan (1942).
The Second Battle of El Alamein took place at the city of El Alamein, from October 23, 1942 to November 11, 1942. commanded the and commaded the during this battle. The British sustained 13,560 casualties, 332–500 tanks lost, 111 guns lost, and ninety-seven aircraft lost. The sustained 30,542 casualties, 500 tanks lost, 254 guns lost, and eighty-four aircraft lost. The British and other ended up winnig the battle and drove Rommel west into .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 First Battle of El Alamein had stalled the Axis advance. Thereafter, Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery took command of the British Eighth Army from General Claude Auchinleck in August 1942.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.Our focus on the Second Battle of El Alamein continues. We recently told you all about Operation Lightfoot, the event that kicked things off. How did it end? Find out here and enjoy some in-game bonuses on some of the vehicles that took part in the battle.