23 October 2017
Remembering “the end of the beginning” - the weekend’s El Alamein ceremony in photos
Officials from more than 30 nations marked the 75th anniversary of one of the most significant battles of the Second World War at a ceremony in the CWGC’s El Alamein Cemetery in Egypt on Saturday.
On a misty morning in March 1918 a small group of soldiers faced being overwhelmed. Their task was to hold out for as long as they could. There was no chance of relief or rescue. They were led by a school teacher, Lieutenant Colonel Wilfrith Elstob, whose example would inspire them to fight to the bitter end. “The Manchester Regiment will defend Manchester Hill to the last” - was Elstob’s final communication on 21 March 1918.
In the 16 days of Operation Michael, the German and British armies both suffered terrible losses. The Commission commemorates almost 37,000 service personnel who died in France during the attack. More than 23,000 have no known grave and are commemorated on CWGC memorials to the missing.