British barrage which opened the second Battle of El Alamein

The Second Battle of El Alamein cost Rommel around 2,349 killed, 5,486 wounded, and 30,121 captured. In addition, his armored units effectively ceased to exist as a fighting force. For Montgomery, the fighting resulted in 2,350 killed, 8,950 wounded, and 2,260 missing, as well as around 200 tanks permanently lost. A grinding battle that was similar to many fought during World War I, the Second Battle of El Alamein turned the tide in in favor of the Allies. Pushing west, Montgomery drove Rommel back to El Agheila in Libya. Pausing to rest and rebuild his supply lines, he continued to attack in mid-December and pressed the German commander into retreating again. Joined in North Africa by American troops, who had landed in Algeria and Morocco, Allied forces succeeded in evicting the Axis from North Africa on May 13, 1943.

The 9th Division lines up prior to moving out for the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein.

The Second Battle of El Alamein was a turning point in the North African campaign. It ended the long fight for the Western Desert, and was the only great land battle won by the British and Commonwealth forces without direct American participation. The victory also persuaded the French to start cooperating in the North African campaign.


The Second Battle of El Alamein took place over ..

A knocked out ‘Kingforce’ Mk. III from the Second Battle of El Alamein.

The Second Battle of El Alamein cost Rommel around 2,349 killed, 5,486 wounded, and 30,121 captured. In addition, his armored units effectively ceased to exist as a fighting force. For Montgomery, the fighting resulted in 2,350 killed, 8,950 wounded, and 2,260 missing, as well as around 200 tanks permanently lost. The Second Battle of El Alamein turned the tide in North Africa in favor of the Allies. Montgomery drove Rommel back to El Agheila in Libya. Montgomery paused to rest and rebuild his supply lines. He continued to attack in mid-December and pressed Rommel into retreating again. British forces were joined in North Africa by American troops, who had landed in Algeria and Morocco. Allied forces succeeded in evicting the Axis from North Africa on May 13, 1943.