Amazing Al-Alamein City in Marsa Matrouh.

Al-Alamein city is located in Marsa Matrouh governorate on the west of Alexandria; it has several beaches overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in addition to a unique history that makes it an important destination for both the Egyptians and tourists. 

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El Alamein, located on Egypt’s north coast, was the site of two battles between the Allies and Axis powers in 1942. The British army used the area as a defensive line against the Axis forces, led by German General Erwin Rommel.

On June 30, 1942, Axis forces reached Al Alamein City, the Germans’ farthest point of penetration into Egypt. Months later, in October 1942, the British launched their final attack on Alamein, pitting 230,000 British soldiers against 80,000 Axis soldiers.

The attack didn’t last long because Rommel was vastly outnumbered; by the beginning of November, he ordered a retreat and left Egyptian territory. The German army intended to capture the Suez Canal, but after losing battles with British troops in Egypt, they returned to Libya.

What is the history of Al-Alamein city?

  • We know a little about the ancient history of this city except for the discovery of the necropolis that backs to the Greco-Roman period.  

  • But the cause of the fame of Al-Alamein city is that it hosted two important battles in Egyptian history during World War II.  

World War II was between Axis troops (Germany, Italy, and Japan) against the Allies (France, Britain, Russia, and the United States of America) from 1939 to 1945.

What was the role of Al-Alamein city in World War II?

  • The first war took place from August 31 to September 7, 1942, between Britain against Germany and Italy.

  • While the second war occurred from October 23 to November 4, 1942, between Britain against Germany and Italy.  Both of those wars ended with the victory of Britain.

El Alamein Location

El Alamein City is ideally found on the North Coast, between Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh cities. To be more accurate, Al Alamein is 100 km west of Alexandria and is easily accessible through a number of major roads including

Alexandria – Marsa Matrouh Desert Road
Fouka Road
Dabaa Road

What can be visited in Al-Alamein city?

  • You can visit Al-Alamein Museum exhibiting the two wars of the city of Al-Alamein through displaying photos, maps, and some of the weapons used in these wars by troops. The museum is divided into three sections (the German section – the Italian section – the Commonwealth section). 

The Al-Alamein Military Museum

The Al-Alamein Military Museum was established on December 16, 1956, by late President Gamal Abd Elnasser to commemorate Egypt’s pivotal role in one of the most important battles of World War II, the Al-Alamein Battle, which erupted between the Allies and the Axis Powers in October 1942. The museum underwent development, renovation, and maintenance measures before being renewed on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Al-Alamein on October 21, 1992, and later went through other development measures such as the installation of an exhibitory display, which will be reopened on October 21, 2014. The Museum aims to document Al-Alamein battle by introducing a group of weapons, armors, and models which symbolize Al-Alamein battles and the contributing forces, besides a group of battle course-of-action maps, as well as acquisitions of battle commanders.

  • The Commonwealth cemeteries of troops from different countries who died during the two wars of Al-Alamein city. Additionally, it is should be mentioned that there are other Commonwealth cemeteries in Salah Salem in Nasr City. Visit these cemeteries may you find the name of one of your relatives among them. 

Kindly, submit the unique day tour to Al-Alamein city that Explore Egypt Tours provides to enjoy with this amazing city. 

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