Story: Second World War

New Zealand war cemetery near El Alamein

New Zealand war cemetery near El Alamein

The North African campaign was a long struggle with major advances and retreats. Eventually the success of the Allied forces at El Alamein in November 1942 ensured their victory, which was not finally achieved until May 1943. The cost to New Zealand was heavy – 2,989 killed, over 7,000 wounded and over 4,000 taken prisoner. This is the New Zealand war cemetery near the El Alamein front in 1942.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
Reference: DA-06780
Photograph by Harold Gear Paton

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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - North African campaign', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016