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Sunday, 21 October 2018

British Second World War vets return to Egypt for 76th anniversary of Battle of El Alamein

Returning to the battlefield 76 years later: Six British veterans of the Second World War returned to El Alamein yesterday “to visit the desert battlefield on the 76th anniversary of the decisive Allied victory that marked an important step toward the eventual defeat of German and Italian forces in Africa in May 1943. … The battle began on the night of Oct. 23 1942 when Commonwealth forces from General Bernard Montgomery’s Eighth Army began driving back Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Panzerarmee Afrika, which had threatened to sweep across Egypt and into the Middle East.” Pictured are vets Alex Munro, 96, Joe Peel, 98, and Bill Blackburn, 98. Reuters has the story.

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