ON October 23 we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the second Battle of El Alamein.
Between July and November 1942 there were three battles fought at El Alamein and Australian forces figured prominently in two of them. Over five months of fighting, Australia suffered almost 6000 casualties.
It was the Battle of El Alamein that turned the war in North Africa, where Rommel and his Panzer Army were rebuked and the Axis forces were subsequently driven out of the continent.
On the 75th anniversary of the battle, it will be an honour to welcome veterans of the Battle of El Alamein to Canberra for a reception held in their honour.
Lest we forget.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs