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El Alamein and the Struggle for North AfricaInternational Perspectives from the Twenty-first Century$
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Jill Edwards

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165818

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165818.001.0001

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“The Part We Played in This Show”: Australians and El Alamein

“The Part We Played in This Show”: Australians and El Alamein

(p.55) 3 “The Part We Played in This Show”: Australians and El Alamein
El Alamein and the Struggle for North Africa

Peter Stanley

American University in Cairo Press

Understanding the significance the battle of El Alamein holds for Australians involves placing the 9th Australian Division's part in the battle in a broader context, one that will probably be unfamiliar to non-Australian readers. This discussion of Alamein's importance for Australia therefore necessarily begins a long way from the desert of Egypt. The story within the Australian contribution to the two battles of Alamein is the story of dealings between British and Australian commanders and troops, as a significant stage in the long evolution of that relationship through a century of wars.

Keywords:   Australian-British relationship, Autonomy of Australian command, Leslie Morshead, 9th Australian Division

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