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January 1942 state of an official German military map of the area to the northwest of the railway halt of El Alamein, where parts of the First and Second Battles of El Alamein took place during 1942.

This map was originally prepared in 1941 from various sources listed in the lower-left corner. This version was published in January of 1942, the year of the Battles.

The First Battle of El Alamein in the summer of 1942, had seen the Axis powers repulsed in their attempt to capture British-held Egypt and the oil fields that lay beyond. The Second Battle of El Alamein was a British victory as well, and coincided with Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of French North Africa. The combination of these successes resulted in a major boost for Allied morale.

The British victory all but brought an end to the Axis Western Desert Campaign.


This map and several other German and British maps of the area were purchased in a group from an Australian owner. We are under the impression that the map was captured by a British or Australian soldier during one of the Battles of El Alamein.

Condition Description
Old folds. Some soiling. A few small holes in the image.