Remember El Alamein

The Battles of El Alamein took place 70 years ago

The First Battle of El Alamein took place between 1–27 July 1942 and stopped the Axis push toward the Middle East. The Second Battle of El Alamein took place over 13 days from 23 October – 4 November 1942 and the Allies’ victory marked a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. The Allied victory in the Second Battle changed the course of the North African Campaign and ended Axis hopes of occupying Egypt, taking control of the Suez Canal, and gaining access to the Middle Eastern and Persian oil fields.

I doubt that a lot of attention will be paid to this event in the US since their forces were not involved.

I do find it significant that one of the items being sought during the Second World War was oil. Obviously, the world was beginning to become dependent upon petroleum, but people became more dependent upon that commodity instead of seeking to cut dependence on petroleum. While this battle has been called one in a colonial war, it still marks the desire to control important natural resources.

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