Country Egypt
Region
Total identified casualties 11868 Find these records
Casualties from Second World War

The Alamein Memorial forms the entrance to the El Alamein War Cemetery in Egypt. The memorial commemorates nearly 12,000 servicemen of the British Empire who died in the Western Desert campaigns of the Second World War including the Battle of El Alamein.

The Battle of El Alamein marked the culmination of the North African campaign between Commonwealth forces and the Axis forces (German and Italian). For both sides the objective was the control of the Mediterranean, the link with the East through the Suez Canal, the Middle East oil supplies and the supply route to Russia through Persia.

key features

  • The memorial has a flat roof from which there is a view of the cemetery, the surrounding desert and to the north, the sea
  • The memorial was designed by Sir Hubert Worthington
  • The Alamein Memorial forms the entrance to El Alamein War Cemetery in Egypt
  • It was unveiled on 24 October 1954, by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
  • Worthington followed similar principles to First World War memorials but made modifications due to the climate and environment

History

The Battle of El Alamein marked the culmination of the North African campaign between Commonwealth forces and the Axis forces (German and Italian).

Explore the history

Visit

The memorial forms the entrance to the El Alamein War Cemetery and is open every day.

plan your visit