23 OCT 2017

El Alamein Commemoration Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of El Alamein, the key turning point in the Second World War. As Churchill remarked: "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat."

Yesterday the village of Enham Alamein came together, as it does every year, to celebrate that victory and remember those who died in the service of mankind.

Many of the injured from that battle were brought back to Enham to undergo their recovery - and in recognition of their liberation Egypt gifted Enham the modern day equivalent of £6.5m to help care for disabled servicemen. To thank the Egyptian's for their kind gesture the name 'Alamein' was added to the village – and Enham became Enham Alamein.

We should all be extremely proud of our local association with the battle and the success of the 8th Army in defeating Hitler. The village of Enham Alamein and the on-going work of the Enham Trust is a lasting memorial to that battle.

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