from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A town of northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea. In a decisive battle of World War II the British forces under Bernard Montgomery defeated Erwin Rommel's German troops here in November 1942.
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- proper n. A Mediterranean port town in northern Egypt. During World War II, two major battles were fought around El Alamein.
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- n. a village to the west of Alexandria on the northern coast of Egypt; the scene of a decisive Allied victory over the Germans in 1942
- n. a pitched battle in World War II (1942) resulting in a decisive Allied victory by British troops under Montgomery over German troops under Rommel
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Rather than stop at the frontier between Libya and Egypt, as had been planned and as the nature of his supply lines dictated, and as the quartermaster might have advised, Rommel pushed on across the border, until his advance was finally halted, late in June, near a small railway stop called El Alamein.
In 1942 after Montgomery's victory at El Alamein, Churchill famously said, Now this is not the end.
Today, those who lost their lives at the battle of El Alamein are commemorated at a number of European war cemeteries in the north African town.
With German U-boats sapping Britain's naval strength in the Atlantic, and axis forces taking control of most of western Europe and Russia, El Alamein was seen as a last stand for Britain if it was to avoid a rapid and potentially devastating loss of military momentum.
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He was Jim Mapham, who, by 1944, had already recorded the Eighth Army's triumph at El Alamein and been made Field Marshal Montgomery's official photographer.
Long before El Alamein, in the War to End All Wars, Allenby's troops had taken Jerusalem, thus paving the way for the British Mandate.
Do remember also that Palestine was only a refuge because the British Army won the battle at El Alamein, and it was a close run thing.
As Churchill said of El Alamein, "This is not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning." by
It was Hitler who sent Rommel and the entire Afrika Korps the order not to retreat after the British breakthrough at El Alamein.
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