By Ken Ford
The conflict of El Alamein marked the turning element in Britain's fortunes on the planet warfare II (1939-1945). there have been 3 separate battles among July and November 1942, all of which have been fought to halt the development of Rommel's military in the direction of the Suez Canal. This ultimate conflict at El Alamein, fought in October and November, observed the continual bombardment of the German line that Rommel was once recommended to carry in any respect charges by way of Hitler himself. The Allies shattered the German defences, and Rommel led a westward retreat for you to salvage what was once left of the Afrika Korps. This booklet presents an in-depth research of the conflict that became the tide in favour of the Allies in Africa.
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Rommel was being lured onto the hulldown tanks and anti-tank guns that were blocking his path. The battle now took the course that Montgomery had hoped for. Both 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions ran into the defensive positions of the two British Armoured Brigades under the guns of division and corps artillery. Tank and anti-tank fire raked the advancing Germans and did great damage. Try as they might, the British armour could not be enticed out of their hull-down positions. It was now the Germans' turn to suffer the consequences of trying to overwhelm well established antitank guns and armour.
T h e next day, 2 July, the German 90th Division failed to get moving again in the face of heavy British artillery fire. Rommel realized that he would have to shift some of his weight to the n o r t h to help the division to get eastwards along the coast road. Nehring's corps was ordered to detach some of his tanks break to give some support to the 90th Light Division. T h e renewed G e r m a n thrust a n d the British c o u n t e r attack got underway simultaneously. T h e clash rippled across the n o r t h e r n part of the Alamein line.
The night attack was preceded by Albacore aircraft dropping flares and fighter-bombers strafing the enemy lines. At first both divisions made good progress as they fought their way through the Italian Brescia and Pavia Divisions who were holding the ridge. The advance slowed down when they met extensive minefields and there was some loss of cohesion when the New Zealanders were attacked by tanks from 8th Panzer Regiment of 15th Panzer Division and lost 350 prisoners. Throughout the day the pressure applied by the British forced the two Italian divisions to give way and by late afternoon of 15 July both Points 63 and 64 were taken and most of the ridge was in Eighth Army's hands.