Two pivotal battles took place in the desert west of Alexandria during World War II. These clashes between the German armored division of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and the British army were along the biggest tank battles in the war and some argue that they changed the tide of the war.
Winston Churchill is quoted as saying that, “Before Al Alamein, we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat”.
The battles saved both Cairo and Alexandria from German occupation and turned the tide of the war.
The British cemetery is located to the south along with the Al Alamein Museum, which displays artifacts and leftover equipment from the battle. There are signs for all of these locations along the highway.