"Excerpts of the Gaza Parade" following the victory of the allies over the Axis forces at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Incorporates the address to the 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, by Lieutenant General Alexander, a commentary of the march past, the playing of the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair.

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Accession Number S00143
Collection type Sound
Measurement 32 min 27 sec
Object type Radio broadcast
Physical description Disc 78rpm - Acetate
Maker Broadcasting Service of the Palestine Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones
Place made British Mandate of Palestine: Palestine, Gaza
Date made 22 December 1942
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Address by General Alexander: "Officers, warrant officers, non commissioned officers and men from the Australian Imperial Forces. These great days we are living in are a time for deeds rather than words. When great deeds have been done then there is no harm in speaking of them and great deeds have been done. The battle of El Alamein will make history. You are in the proud position of having taken a major part in that great victory. Your reputation as fighters has always been famous and I do not believe that you have ever fought with greater bravery or distinction than you did during that battle when you broke the German and Italian armies in the western desert. Now you have added fresh laurels to your already illustrious name. Your losses have been heavy indeed and for that we are all distressed, but war is a hard and a bloody affair and great victories, alas, cannot be won without much sacrifice. It is always a fine and a moving spectacle to see, as I do today, worthy men who have done their duty on the battlefield assembled in their ranks on parade. And those ranks filled again with young recruits and fresh reinforcements who have come to take the place of your fallen comrades. To these future warriors I extend a warm welcome and greet them as brothers in arms who have come to join the forces in the Middle East which it is my honour to command. And now what of the future? There is no doubt that the fortunes of war have turned in our favour. We now have the initiative and we can strike when and where we will. It is we who will choose the future battlegrounds and we will choose them where we can hit the enemy hardest and where it will hurt him most. But there is a hard and bitter struggle ahead of us before we come to final victory and there is much hard fighting to be done. In the flux and change of war individuals will change, some will come and some will go, formations will move from one theatre to another and where you will be when the next battles are fought I do not know. But wherever you may be my thoughts will always go with you and I shall follow your fortunes with interest and your successes with admiration. But there is one thought which I will cherish above all others and it is this, under my command fought the Ninth Australian Division".

  • Listen to "Excerpts of the Gaza Parade" following the victory of the allies over the Axis forces at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Incorporates the address to the 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, by Lieutenant General Alexander, a commentary of the march past, the playing of the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair.
  • Listen to Part 2 of "Excerpts of the Gaza Parade" following the victory of the allies over the Axis forces at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Incorporates the address to the 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, by Lieutenant General Alexander, a commentary of the march past, the playing of the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair.
  • Listen to Part 3 of "Excerpts of the Gaza Parade" following the victory of the allies over the Axis forces at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Incorporates the address to the 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, by Lieutenant General Alexander, a commentary of the march past, the playing of the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair.
  • Listen to Part 4 of "Excerpts of the Gaza Parade" following the victory of the allies over the Axis forces at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Incorporates the address to the 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, by Lieutenant General Alexander, a commentary of the march past, the playing of the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair.
  • Listen to Part 5 of "Excerpts of the Gaza Parade" following the victory of the allies over the Axis forces at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Incorporates the address to the 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, by Lieutenant General Alexander, a commentary of the march past, the playing of the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair.
  • Listen to Part 6 of "Excerpts of the Gaza Parade" following the victory of the allies over the Axis forces at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Incorporates the address to the 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, by Lieutenant General Alexander, a commentary of the march past, the playing of the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair.
  • Listen to Part 7 of "Excerpts of the Gaza Parade" following the victory of the allies over the Axis forces at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Incorporates the address to the 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, by Lieutenant General Alexander, a commentary of the march past, the playing of the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair.
  • Listen to Part 8 of "Excerpts of the Gaza Parade" following the victory of the allies over the Axis forces at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Incorporates the address to the 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, by Lieutenant General Alexander, a commentary of the march past, the playing of the Last Post and Advance Australia Fair.
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