British infantry advancing as darkness falls, silhouetted against the setting sun, El Alamein, 1942
Photograph, World War Two, North Africa (1940-1943), 1942.
The 2nd Battle of El Alamein began on 23 October 1942 with the biggest barrage the British army had fired since 1918 unleashed on the Axis positions. This was followed by the infantry advancing in the moonlight along white tape the sappers had laid to show the way through the German minefields.
One of seven official photographic prints relating to the 2nd Battle of El Alamein 1942.
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National Army Museum, Out of Copyright
National Army Museum, Study collection