The Battle of El Alamein, 23 October 1942

Documents from the collection:

Entry from the war diary of 2/48th Battalion for 25 October 1942, when the battalion attacked Trig 29. The diary mentions Private Percy Gratwick who attacked the enemy mortar posts. Whilst attacking the final enemy post Private Gratwick was killed. He was later posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. The award was presented to his mother at Government House, Perth in 1943. Trig 29 was captured and held by 2/48th Battalion. It was later held by the 2/17th Battalion despite many attempts by the Germans to recapture the position.

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AWM52 8/3/36
(pdf, 981 KB) 2/48 Infantry Battalion [October 1942]

Battalion Intelligence Section showing the dispositions and movements of the 2/32nd Battalion and flanking units during the Battle of El Alamein from 30 October to 6 November 1942.

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AWM52 8/3/32
(pdf, 918 KB) Sidi El Rahman 1:25,000 Map from the 2/32nd unit war diary, prepared by 2/32

Map of allied and enemy dispositions on the night of 23–24 October 1942.

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G8301.S7 A318
(pdf, 607 KB) [El Alamein] Outline dispositions and objectives on the night of 23/24 Oct. 1942 .

This file contains a report on the planning and execution of the Battle of El Alamein in October to November 1942. The report was written in 1943 and includes points and lessons learned from the battle.

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AWM54 527/1/5
(pdf, 823 KB) The Battle of El Alamein 23rd October to 6th November 1942.

Casualty report for AIF units which took part in the Battle of El Alamein October to November 1942. This report was completed not long after the battle and includes men listed missing, presumed dead. The 2/24th Battalion suffered the most casualties with 72 killed in action, 17 died of wounds, 265 wounded in action and four men taken prisoner of war. The 2/48th Battalion suffered the most deaths, with 83 killed in action, 1 presumed dead and 12 died of wounds.

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(pdf, 300 KB) El Alamein Battle Casualties for the Whole Period Australia Imperial Forces

Brief account of the service of Private Jackson, 2/15th Battalion AIF and his capture by German forces at El Alamein on 29 October 1942. Whilst a prisoner in Germany, Private Jackson was one of thousands of prisoners forced to leave their POW camps as the Allies advanced in 1944-45 and march further into German territory. However after a few days marching the prisoners were overtaken by Allied forces and freed.

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AWM54 527/1/4
(pdf, 343 KB) Statement by QX17905 Pte. L Jackson - captured El Alamein - 29th Oct 1942.

Typescript of a speech delivered by the Commander-in-Chief Middle East, General Sir Harold Alexander on the occasion of the parade of 9th Australian Division at Gaza Airport on 22 December 1942. In the speech he highly praises 9 Division for the role in the recent Battle of El Alamein.

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AWM54 526/6/11
(pdf, 365 KB) Speech delivered by the Commander-in-Chief Middle East, General Sir Harold Alexander.