Friday, October 26, 2012

Oct

26

1942

Rommel returns to the El Alamein battlefield

A British soldier gives a V-for-Victory sign to German prisoners captured at El Alamein, 26 October 1942.

Unfortunately, the attack gained ground very slowly. The British resisted desperately. Rivers of blood were poured out over miserable strips of land which, in normal times, not even the poorest Arab would have bothered his head about. Tremendous British artillery fire pounded the area of the attack. In the evening part of the Bersaglieri Battalion succeeded in occupying the eastern and western edges of the hill. The hill itself remained in British hands and later became the base for many enemy operations.