A number of war memorials can be found in the area around El Alamein, dedicated to the various armed forces that were active in this area during the Western Desert Campaign. Several of these are located within walking distance of the El Alamein War Museum and the El Alamein War Cemetery.
The Memorial to the 9th Division of the Second Australian Imperial Force is located 100 metres off the path between the El Alamein and is one of the most prominent memorials in the area. As seen in this image, it stands on a small rise overlooking the surrounding area to the south-west, including the El Alamein War Cemetery (out of shot to the left of this image).
The 9th Division are well known for their service in the North African campaign, in particular they were the ‘Rats of Tobruk’ who held out against Axis attacks during the Siege of Tobruk in 1941. It was also the men of the 9th Division who played the decisive role in the Second Battle of El Alamein. Later, the bulk of the 9th Division were transferred to the Pacific Theatre of Operations where they served in the New Guinea campaign and the Borneo campaign.
Image: Memorial to the 9th Division, Second Australian Imperial Force, El Alamein
Creator: Christopher Karykides