El Alamein

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El Alamein is a small town on the north coast of Egypt, on the railway line about sixty miles west of Alexandria; it is famous as the site of major battles between British and German forces during the Second World War. Winston Churchill described El Alamein as having the best climate in the world.

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The most comfortable way to El Alamein is by air-conditioned train from Alexandria.

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The Commonwealth War Cemetery at El Alamein is open during daylight hours, and staffed Saturday to Thursday 0730 to 1430. There are also German and Italian cemeteries, and a very substantial war museum.

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South of El Alamein lie the desert battlefields where British, Italian, and German troops fought each other in the summer and fall of 1942. The desert still contains the relics of the war and tours can be arranged to see battlefield sites. Moniem Rauf, the Bedouin grounds keeper at the German War Memorial Museum, arranges battlefield tours and desert camping. Contact him directly at +20 122 351 3401 and moniem.elalamein@yahoo.com .

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The entire coast near El Alamein is covered by fancifully-laid-out villa complexes; eleven kilometres of it is the Porto Marina, which is regarded as an elite resort by Egyptian standards but reasonably affordable to Western travellers.

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