75th anniversary of the start of the battle of El Alamein

Wartime magazine cover with WW2 pilot in front of plane

Today is the 75th anniversary of the start of the battle of El Alamein.

The battle was a pivotal turning point in the second world war.

Professor Simon Ball has marked the anniversary in a contribution to the Australian War Memorials reflection on the meaning of El Alamein. The Australian 9th Divison was one of the most heavily engaged units during the battle.