Remembering the Battle of El Alamein

The Port Alfred Moths held a parade on Sunday commemorating the South African soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of El Alamein during the North African campaign in World War 2, where they joined the Allies fighting against Italian and German troops. In the first three days of the battle, from October 23 to 26, 1942, 600 South African soldiers were killed. Two thousand British troops lost their lives over the same period. Most of the fighting had ceased by November 4, and the Allies under British General Bernard Montgomery continued their advance against Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps, who finally withdrew from Africa in early 1943.

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