Second Battle of El Alamein

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892[5] – 908 artillery pieces[1]
1,451 Anti Tank guns[1][nb 4]

192 armoured cars[1]
770[3] – 900 aircraft (480 serviceable)[nb 7]
552 artillery pieces[5]
496 Anti Tank Guns[nb 8] – 1,063[5]

The Second Battle of El Alamein marked a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. 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.

The Allied victory turned the tide in the North African Campaign. It ended Axis hopes of occupying Egypt, taking control of the Suez Canal, and gaining access to the Middle Eastern oil fields.

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