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Battle of El Alamein – Canberra

75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein – Australian War Memorial, Canberra

El Alamein
Service 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein commemoration
Date 23 October 2017
Venue Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Attendance By invitation to eligible veteran nominations
Nominations Close on 11 August 2017


El Alamein was one of the Second World War’s decisive battles. Fighting in the El Alamein area of western Egypt began in July 1942. Australian troops were in action at Ruin Ridge that month and at Tel el Eisa in September. The main battle was fought between 23 October to 5 November 1942 when the British 8th Army, which included the Australian 9th Division, launched a major offensive against German and Italian forces. The Australians played a key role in the battle, driving forward on the British right flank along the Mediterranean coast and withstanding a series of determined counter-attacks, some in division strength. Allied attacks in the south eased the pressure and when British armour broke through, German forces began to withdraw. The German advance on Cairo, the Suez and ultimately the oil fields of the Middle East was at an end. The Germans never regained the initiative, and their last troops left North Africa in 1943. The 9th Division suffered more than 2600 casualties, about one-fifth of the 8th Army’s losses.


A veteran nomination form (PDF 121 KB)  and veteran medical information form (PDF 169 KB) are required to be completed for the commemoration nomination process. Nominees will be required to undergo a medical assessment to confirm suitability for travel to Canberra. DVA will arrange for return travel and accommodation for veterans and an accompanying carer from the home location.

A letter to be provided to General Practitioners is also available to assist with the medical clearance process.

Nominations should be emailed or posted to DVA to be received by the specified closing date.

Contact Information

Department Veterans’ Affairs
GPO Box 9998
Telephone: (02) 6289 6057

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